Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward attend Southsea beach clean
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward’s marriage appears to have stood the test of time. Prince Edward is he only one of the Queen’s children to have not separated from their spouse.
Sophie and Prince Edward began dating in 1993 and announced their engagement six years later.
The royal wedding took place at Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999.
Since then, the couple have had two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13.
Sophie also swapped her job working in public relations for a senior role in the Royal Family when they wed.
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The Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have both stepped out to support royals on many occasions since.
This has helped the mother-of-three become a popular member of the Royal Family in her own right.
While Prince Edward is more familiar with royal life, it is Sophie who could take the lead in public.
Commenting on outings of the royal couple, body language expert Darren Stanton claimed Sophie is “dominant” in their relationship.
He told Express.co.uk: “In one picture, Sophie has her head tilted back in an attempt to try and match Edward’s height, which shows the dominant nature of their relationship.
“I believe she is very much the dominant force in the family. The chin thrust is sometimes seen as an act of aggression in certain contexts.
“However, here it is a humorous attempt to say, ‘You might be taller but I’m the boss’.”
Even before the couple married Darren suggested Sophie showed more confidence than her husband.
When their engagement was announced, the couple posed for photos at St James’s Palace.
The expert claimed the engagement snaps showed Sophie as confident while Prince Edward appeared more “submissive”.
“Prince Edward has his arms forward and hands clasped,” Darren continued.
“Although Sophie is holding his arm, any gesture where the arms are brought forward in front of our bodies is a submissive gesture showing a lack of confidence.
“It is a self-reassurance gesture. Sophie, by massive contrast, has her arms behind her back. This is a very dominant gesture that you might see a police officer or army officer.”
In the last 20 years, the royal couple have taken part in many joint engagements where the Countess has shown similar signs of confidence.
“She has a confident pose which says ‘I am in charge’,” he added.
“Psychologically, our torso and stomach area is hardwired in our brains as being vulnerable since it protects many vital organs.
“By allowing her stomach and abdomen area to remain uncovered, Sophie is saying she is a very confident woman.
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