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James Alexander Philip Theo Windsor, Viscount Lord of Severn

Also Known As: "James Viscount Severn", "His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex", "James", "Viscount Severn"
Current Location:: Surrey, United Kingdom
Birthplace: Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Brother of Lady Louise Windsor

Occupation: Viscount, 8th in Line of Succession to the British throne, Viscount Severn
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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About James, Viscount Severn

James Alexander Philip Theo, Viscount Severn Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn and His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex. (b. 17 December 2007)

James, Viscount Severn, is a member of the British Royal Family. He is the second child and only son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. He is also the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. Viscount Severn is eighth in line to the throne.

Early life

Lord Severn was born by caesarean section at 16:20 UTC on 17 December 2007 at Frimley Park Hospital. At birth he weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces (2.8 kg).[2] Prince Edward, who was present for the birth of his second child, remarked that the birth was "a lot calmer than last time" (a reference to the emergency delivery of their first child, Lady Louise), that his wife was "doing very well," and that his son was "like most babies, rather small, very cute and very cuddly."[2] The baby and his mother were released from hospital on 20 December, and the following day his names were announced as James Alexander Philip Theo.[3] His sister, Lady Louise Windsor, is four years his senior. The siblings live with their parents at Bagshot Park in Surrey. Lord Severn was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on 24 January 2008 with what Buckingham Palace called a "minor allergic reaction."[4] He was released from hospital within days. Lord Severn was christened on 19 April 2008 in the private chapel of Windsor Castle by the Dean of Windsor, Bishop David Conner.[5][6] His christening gown was a newly made replica of the gown originally used by his great-great-great-grandaunt Princess Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, in 1840. It has been worn for most royal christenings since then, and the old gown has now been preserved.[5] Severn's godparents are Denise Poulton, Jeanye Irwin, Alastair Bruce, Duncan Bullivant and Tom Hill.[6]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 17 December 2007-present: Viscount Severn
    • Legally: His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex

Letters patent issued in 1917 (and still in force today) assign a princely status and the style of 'Royal Highness' to all male-line grandchildren of a monarch. The baby is thus entitled to all of these, and as such would be referred to as His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex.[7] However, when his parents married, it was announced that, in accordance with their wishes, their children would not be styled as Princes or Princesses with the style Royal Highness, but rather as the children of an Earl.[8] The eldest son of an earl is customarily accorded one of his father's subsidiary titles by courtesy, so James is referred to as Viscount Severn, despite his legal status as a prince.


In June 2008, to recognise a visit by his father to the province of Manitoba, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba-in-Council named a lake in the north of the province after Viscount Severn.[9]

Notes ans Sources

  1. ^ Given his proper title under the 1917 Letters Patent, HRH Prince James of Wessex holds no surname.
  2. ^ a b "Countess gives birth to baby boy". BBC. 17 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Edward and Sophie name baby James". BBC. 21 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Royal baby has allergic reaction". BBC. 25 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Announcement of the Arrangement for the Christening of Viscount Severn". royal.gov.uk. 15 April 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Queen sees grandson's christening". BBC News. 19 April 2008.
  7. ^ Francois Velde. "Royal Styles and Titles – 1917 Letters Patent". Heraldica.org. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  8. ^ "Special Report | 1999 | 06/99 | royal wedding | Wessex titles for Edward and Sophie". BBC News. 1999-06-19. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  9. ^ "Prince Edward begins Winnipeg visit" (in English). The Vancouver Sun. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2010.


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James, Viscount Severn's Timeline

December 17, 2007
Surrey, England