The love story of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is like a fairy tale. The two met when they were both very young, but after their first official meeting, the future Queen of England knew he was the only one for her. And now, more than 70 years later, they are still married.
See how the matriarch and patriarch of the British royal family met and fell in love.
They really knew each other when they were kids.
Those rumors that you've heard over the years about Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II being related are true, and because of that, they met at several royal meetings.
The distant cousins first met when each of them attended the wedding of Philip's cousin, Princess Marina, and Elizabeth's uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent in 1934. At that time Prince Philip was only 13 years old and Princess Elizabeth was only 8 years old. .
Three years later, Philip was also at the coronation of Elizabeth's father, George VI.
Elizabeth fell in love after a meeting on a tennis court
His first official meeting was in 1939, when King George VI took his family to the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. King George VI's biographer Sir John Wheeler-Bennett noted that it was during this weekend that the princess fell in love with Philip.
Marion Crawford, Elizabeth's housekeeper, agreed that thirteen-year-old Elizabeth was absolutely delighted with the 18-year-old prince as he entertained her on a tennis court jumping over the hammocks. "I thought he showed a good deal," Crawford said, but added that the princess "never took his eyes off it all the time."
Philip, however, was thinking the same thoughts of Elizabeth at that time. "Well, we met in Dartmouth, and as far as I was concerned, it was a very fun experience, going aboard the yacht and getting to know them, and that sort of thing, and that was it," he told biographer Basil Boothroyd. .
They met again several times after that and began writing other letters over the years. "We used to correspond occasionally," Philip said. "But if you're kinsman – I mean, I knew half of the people here, they were all relatives – it's not that extraordinary to be in the family type – terms of relationship with someone. You do not necessarily have to think about marriage. I suppose one thing led to another. I suppose I started to think seriously, oh, let me think now … when I came back at 46 and went to Balmoral.
In July 1947, when Elizabeth was twenty-one, she and the prince announced that they were engaged. The couple married five months later at Westminster Abbey, in front of two thousand guests.
They still make time for each other
There have been recent reports that the royal couple does not spend more time together now that Philip lives in a cottage on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk called Wood Farm and his wife lives in Buckingham Palace.
However, the reason for this is because the duke retired from his royal duties in 2017 and wanted to spend some time outside the spotlight and away from the city. As the queen is not yet retired, she still needs to spend most of her time at the monarch's working residence in London.
A source told Expresso that while they do not sleep under one roof every night, they still have time for each other.
"[Philip] is very fond of Wood Farm, and he and the queen still see each other at some point in the week or at the weekends, "the source said. "They see themselves depending on Her Majesty's programming, but she works around him to see him as much as possible."
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