Queen grants Prince Edward title of Earl of Forfar

The Queen has marked Prince Edward's birthday by granting him a title to use in Scotland.

The Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie will be know as the Earl and Countess of Forfar when they are north of the border.

His new title was announced as the prince celebrated his 55th birthday on Sunday.

The Royal Family posted a tweet wishing him "a very happy birthday".

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PA NEWS PHOTO 23/11/84 PRINCE EDWARD IN COSTUME AS LORD ZALBURG IN THE CAMBRIDGE UNDER GRADUATE REVUE RUN OF "CAPTAIN CURIOUS & HIS INCREDIBLE QUEST" IN LONDON
The Earldom of Forfar was created in 1661.
The Earldom of Forfar was created in 1661.
(Left to right) Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Lady Louise and Prince Edward attend a church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
The Earl of Wessex and his daughter Lady Louise Windsor leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
File photo dated 20/11/72 of (left to right) the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace, London.
Left to right, Major Ronald Ferguson, his daughter Sarah, her bridegroom the Duke of York, and Prince Edward in Westminster Abbey. Looking on, right, are the Queen Mother, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Edward on the assault course at the Royal Marine Training Camp at Lympstone in Devon, during a three-day assessment course.
SANDRINGHAM,UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 11: Prince Edward cycles from Sandringham stables, in Sandringham, Norfolk, on December 11, 1989 in Sandringham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CANADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Prince Edward: Queen's son says reports of his mother's vast wealth are 'absolute crap.' (Photo by Patti Gower/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 01 : Prince Edward chats to a group of scouts taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme on July 01, 1989 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
The Queen Mother (1900 - 2002), Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward (back left), Prince Charles (back centre) and Diana, Princess of Wales (back right, 1961 - 1997) outside Clarence House on the occasion of the 89th birthday of the Queen Mother, in London, England, Great Britain, 4 August 1989. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is ushered through the crowds during a visit to Moscow, 19th April 1989. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, poses with British Members of the National Youth Theatre during a visit to Moscow, Russia, 17th April 1989. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex during a visit to Moscow, 17th April 1989. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 16: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, lands in Moscow for a visit on April 16, 1989 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Prince Edward in Red Square with British members of the National Youth Theatre, Moscow, 17th April; 1989. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 17: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, during his visit to Moscow on April 17, 1989 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, visits the Queen at Windsor Castle. Pictured, Prince Philip, the Queen and Prince Edward saying goodbye to Gorbachev. 7th April 1989. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Prince Edward during Prince Edward Attends Opening Night Party for Musical 'Aspects of Love' in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales sketching on the bank of the River Thames, at Windsor Castle, with Prince Edward, and accompanied by his dogs, on March 23, 1989 in Windsor, United Kingdom . (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
HRH Prince Edward takes over from DJ Andi Bird (left) at a 24 hour sponsored disco dance in Basildon. Monies raised will be shared between local youth group and the duke of Edinburgh's Award special projects committee of which the prince is Chairman. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward attending the wedding of their son James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson at St Mary The Virgin Church in Saffron Walden, 30th July 1988. Princess Diana is behind them. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
SAFFRON WALDEN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 30: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, attends the wedding of James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson at St. Mary The Virgin Church on July 30, 1988 in Saffron Walden, England. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, attending the Berkeley Square Ball with his date, London, July 4th 1988. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
CANADA - JUNE 06: Star Quality: Prince Edward checked out renovations at the Winter Garden. (Photo by Peter Power/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
CANADA - JUNE 04: Repartee with royalty: Prince Edward chats with Governor-General Jeanne Sauve after his official welcome yesterday at Rideau Hall. (Photo by David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex drives a Rover car in the grounds at Windsor (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 15: Prince Edward Starts Work At The Palace Theatre In London. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 23/11/84 PRINCE EDWARD IN COSTUME AS SID, A COCKNEY SPIV IN THE CAMBRIDGE UNDER GRADUATE REVUE RUN OF 'CAPTAIN CURIOUS & HIS INCREDIBLE QUEST' IN LONDON (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 30: Prince Edward (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
PRINCE EDWARD REHEARSES HIS LATEST STAGE ROLE AS PRINCE FLORISOL IN SHAKESPEARE'S 'WINTER'S TALE', WITH THE HADDO HOUSE PLAYERS. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
A police presence in the background as Prince Edward enjoys himself in the run-up to his Grand Knockout Tournament later today. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Edward and a friend get to grips with a TV camera at Alton Towers Theme Park in preparation for the filming of the Grand Knockout Tournament. The Prince will be joining three other royals in captaining teams of personalities in a series of fun games for charity. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 4/8/86 Prince Edward relaxes aboard the British yacht Aquavit , off Cowes during the annual regatta. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II holds a horse, with Prince Edward on the horse's back, at the Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire, England, Great Britain, on 16 May 1987. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHTO 28/6/86 HRH Prince Edward in his graduation day robes as he graduated from Cambridge University having studied History. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
BADMINTON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10 : Prince Edward takes photographs with his camera during Badminton Horse Trials on April 10, 1976 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
BADMINTON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10 : Prince Edward is encouraged by his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as he takes photographs with his camera during Badminton Horse Trials on April 10, 1976 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO MARCH 1986 PRINCE EDWARD LEARNS TENNIS ON HAMPTON COURT, LONDON FOR HIS GOLD AWARD IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SCHEME, LAUNCHED BY HIS FATHER, THE DUKE IN 1956 FOR YOUNG ACHIEVERS (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Edward in costume as 'Blondello' during rehearsals for the Shakespeare play 'The Taming of the Shrew' at Haddo House, Aberdeen. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 10: Prince Edward At His Desk In His Room At Cambridge University. Session Pictures To Mark His 21st Birthday (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 23/11/84 HRH Prince Edward taking the part of Phon in a Cambridge University undergraduate revue, 'Captain Curious and his Incredible Quest'. The prince takes on 8 different roles in the production. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01 : Prince Edward takes part in a Cambridge University undergraduate Revue on November 01, 1984 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh call on their youngest son, Prince Edward, at Jesus College, during an official visit to Cambridge. The Duke of Edinburgh is Chancellor of the university. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 06: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex stands in Royal Marines uniform at RAF Benson (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BENSON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 06: Prince Edward At Raf Benson In Royal Marines Uniform Kissing His Mother The Queen To Greet Her (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 02: Prince Edward With His Sister Princess Anne At The Unveiling Of The Mountbatten Memorial Statue In London (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Edward takes part in a university rugby match at Cambridge, October 1983. (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Prince Edward, The couple were visiting Prince Edward at the Wanganui Collegiate, where Prince Edward was a junior tutor in Wanganui, New Zealand during the Royal Tour of New Zealand, 22nd April 1983. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
WANGANUI, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 01 : Prince Edward poses with pupils at the Wanganui Collegiate School where he is spending two terms as a junior master during his gap year on November 01, 1982 in Wanganui, New Zealand. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
WANGANUI, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 01 : Prince Edward teaches a games lesson at the Wanganui Collegiate School where he is spending two terms as a junior master during his gap year on November 01, 1982 in Wanganui, New Zealand. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16 : Queen Elizabeth ll, accompanied by Prince Edward, takes photographs with her camera during Windsor Horse Show on May 16, 1982 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 10: Prince Edward In The Gardens At Buckingham Palace With His Labrador Dog 'frances'. Pictures Taken To Mark His 18th Birthday (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales, centre, with his brothers, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, right, waiting for his bride, Lady Diana Spencer, at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
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The Earldom of Forfar was created in 1661 and became extinct as a title in 1715 when the second Earl died leaving no children.

Prince Edward is patron of a number of Scottish charitable organisations, such as The Edinburgh International Festival, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Badminton Scotland.

As trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh Award he has supported the non formal education of thousands of young people in Scotland and holds annual Gold Award presentations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Prince Edward with the Queen
Prince Edward with his mother the Queen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

In 2014 The Earl was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Queen's personal representative to the assembly.

Forfar, which has a population of just over 14,000, is the county town of Angus.

It is situated near Glamis Castle, the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the family which the late Queen Mother was part of.

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