Elizabeth II and Prince Philip: How they met

On April 9, 2021, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Elizabeth, died at the age of 99 years. After 73 years of marriage, it is without “his rock” that the Queen celebrated for the first time, the Christmas holidays. In love from the first glance, both formed a couple united to the test of time.

They loved each other so much. “I miss my beloved Philip,” the Queen said in her Christmas speech, paying a moving tribute to her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. After 73 years of marriage, it is now without her Prince Charming that Elizabeth II apprehends the future. “It could have been a political marriage, but they loved each other sincerely,” writes Secrets of History in the thirtieth edition of its magazine. Between Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, love was invited at first sight.


It all began in Dartmouth, Devon, on July 22, 1939. If the two future spouses were introduced to each other at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George in 1934, when Elizabeth was eight years old, it was five years later that the romance was born. Philip, 18 years old, was then a student at Britannia Royal Naval College. Elizabeth, her father George IV and her sister Margaret were invited to visit. “Upon their arrival at the Naval Academy, the royal family learned that there was a mumps epidemic. In order not to be exposed to the disease, Elizabeth and Margaret waited for the end of the official visit in the Captain’s house with their nanny, Miss Crawford. Philip Mountbatten, is then sent to keep them company,” continues the history magazine.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, in 1991.


Elizabeth charmed by Prince Philip, at first sight

Despite their differences, the young Elizabeth was captivated by this affable man. Under the spell of each other, they wrote many letters to keep in touch, when the world was falling into horror. On September 3, 1939, the United Kingdom entered the war. Philip joined the Royal Navy as an officer and went on board the “Ramillies battleship”. It was not until the end of the fighting and the agreement of King George IV that Elizabeth married “her beautiful officer”, Philip Mountbatten. On November 20, 1947, the couple sealed their fate by marrying in Westminster Abbey.

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