Prince Edward's first public appearance was after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1964 when The Queen, carrying him in her arms, stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and showed her youngest son to the crowd outside.
The Earl of Wessex went to Gibbs School, a pre-preparatory school, in Kensington. In September 1972 he went to Heatherdown Preparatory School near Ascot, Berkshire. Prince Edward followed in the footsteps of his father and brothers by going to Gordonstoun School in Scotland when he was 13 years old. There he took part in a wide range of activities, including The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. He went on to gain a Gold Award. He played rugby and squash, amongst other sports, took gliding lessons, and was a keen skier and sailor.
The Prince was elected Guardian (head boy) for his last term, and left in the summer of 1982 with A Levels in History, English Literature and Economic and Political Studies.
From September 1982 His Royal Highness spent a year as a house tutor at the Collegiate School in Wanganui, New Zealand. While at the school he taught English and History and supervised other activities, including Drama and Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions.
The Prince then studied history at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 1986. At University, he enjoyed theatre, taking part in a number of productions, and sport, including learning to play Real/Royal Tennis.