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The queen’s son who was once strangely asked to become king of Estonia

As Prince Edward celebrates his 58th birthday, we take a look back at his impressive life so far and why he’s considered one of the Queen’s closest confidants.

As Edward is 14th in line to the throne, he has the lowest chance of ever wearing the crown – but that doesn’t mean he never had a chance at the top job.

The Queen’s youngest son was once approached by the leader of a European political party to be their king as they thought he was the perfect candidate and Buckingham Palace had the best answer.

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The request was made to Prince Edward in 1994

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1994, several new countries were created in Eastern Europe, including Estonia.

In the first elections in Estonia, the Independent Royalist Party wanted the country to be a monarchy. They won eight seats in parliament and scrambled to find someone to fill the top job.

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The Sunday Telegraph revealed at the time that the party leader had written to the Royal Family asking if Prince Edward would become their king as they believed he was ‘perfect’ for the role.

It was further said that the country would be honored if he accepted that the party admired him “tremendously”. Following the unusual request, Buckingham Palace is said to have responded by saying it was “a charming but rather unlikely idea”.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex married in 1999

Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis was born 58 years ago today (March 10, 1964) at Buckingham Palace and is the youngest child of the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Edward first met Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1987 and then again at a charity tennis event in 1993. They soon began their relationship and were married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on June 19 1999. At the time it was announced they would be styled the Earl and Countess of Wessex and later assume the Duchy of Edinburgh.

When Edward is not on official duty, he lives at Bagshot Park in Surrey with his wife and two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. It is well known that the couple are incredibly close to the Queen and are just a stone’s throw away from her at Windsor Castle.

As well as being honored as one of seven senior royals, the couple are considered some of the monarch’s closest confidants, with many calling them “rocks” to the queen.

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