Eagle-eyed royal fans spot strange blunder in Commonwealth Day order of service

Eagle-eyed Royal fans spotted a bizarre mistake in the official order for today's Commonwealth Day service.

On March 13 every year, all the Commonwealth nations come together to celebrate the union.

It marks the start of a week-long series of events around the world to make the anniversary – or 10th in this year's case – of the-late Queen signing the Commonwealth Charter.

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This year's event was presided over by King Charles III, who is now the new Head of the Commonwealth.

But it was another royal who was listed in the service order with the wrong job title.

The service started at around 2pm today and oddly had the newly-appointed Duke of Edinburgh listed under his old job title of the Ear of Wessex.

Last week, as a special birthday present for Prince Edward, King Charles gave his brother the former title of his late father Prince Philip, which was left vacant following his death in April, 2021, at the age of 99.

At the time, an official spokesman said: “The Dukedom was last created for Prince Philip in 1947, upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before acceding to the throne in 1952.

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“The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”

His wife Sophie was made the Duchess of Edinburgh by default, but she too was listed by her old job title on the official running order.

It states – and still does more than six hours after being made public – “Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex are received.

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“Presentations are made.”

They were also listed as such in the official seating plan, too.

And it confused royal fans on social media, as one wrote: “I note that The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh are still being referred to as The Earl & Countess of Wessex in the Order of Service.

“Is this an oversight?”

The Daily Star has reached out to Buckingham Palace about the error.

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