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Who Is the Queen's Youngest Grandson, James, Viscount Severn?

He's currently tenth in line to the throne.
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With two weddings and two new babies, the members of the royal family have quite a year ahead of them. And being a member of "the Firm," as the family is known, means everyone has a role to play, from the Queen's direct heirs to her other children and grandchildren. With that in mind, we're turning our attention to some of the lesser-known members of the Windsor clan. Here's everything you need to know about Queen Elizabeth's youngest grandchild, 10-year-old James, Viscount Severn.

JAMES IS THE ONLY SON OF PRINCE EDWARD AND SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX.

When he was born on December 17, 2007, in Surrey, his father described him as "very cute and very cuddly," according to the BBC. His name, James Alexander Philip Theo, was announced several days later; his full surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.


The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their newborn son James.

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HE IS CURRENTLY TENTH IN LINE TO THE THRONE.

At the time of his birth, James was eighth in the order of succession, just in front of his older sister, Lady Louise. Following the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, he was bumped down to tenth, and will become eleventh in line when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child arrives in April.

Had James been born after 2011, he would have fallen in line behind his sister, thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act, which officially ended the rule that male offspring take precedence over female issue in the order of succession. (The Act was passed in 2013 and applied to those born after October 28, 2011, so it doesn't retroactively change anything.)


Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn at the 2013 Trooping the Colour Ceremony.

UPON BIRTH, HE RECEIVED THE TITLE OF LORD.

When Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones in June of 1999, they decided, with the approval of the Queen, that their future children would receive the courtesy titles of the children of an earl, rather than Prince or Princess. Hence, James is known as Viscount Severn.

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According to the BBC, "It is thought this decision was made to avoid some of the burdens of royal titles."


James with his mom and dad at the Bristol Zoo in 2016.

JAMES LIVES WITH HIS FAMILY IN SURREY.

Prince Edward, his wife, and two children currently live at Bagshot Park, a 17th-century estate near Windsor.

LIKE HIS SISTER, HE HAS A LAKE NAMED AFTER HIM IN CANADA.

According to the Vancouver Sun, in 2008, then Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, "presented the prince with a pair of framed notices naming two Northwestern Manitoba lakes after his two children, Louise, 4, and James, five months.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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