Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s love story

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Rare love stories last a lifetime, and even rarer are couples who have been so lucky that their love lasts for over seventy years.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip were married for 73 years, until his death in April this year. They got married in November back in 1947, but their love began much earlier. How much she misses her husband, whom she lost this year, is also evidenced by the fact that Elizabeth paid tribute to him in her Christmas speech with a touching detail from their honeymoon. 

The young Elizabeth met her prince when she was only eight years old at the wedding of his cousin, Greek Princess Marina. Philip was the son of the Greek prince Andrew and the nephew of the then Greek king. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of the younger son of the then British King and no one yet knew that she would one day become the longest-serving queen in history.

The second meeting followed when Elizabeth was 13 and immediately fell in love with him. She never looked at any other man.

At that meeting in 1939, Philip was 18 years old, and the future British Queen, then still in puberty, visited him with her parents and sister Margaret. According to the sources, she was quite reserved towards Philip on that occasion, although she immediately went crazy for him.

They quickly began exchanging letters, and Philip accompanied Elizabeth to the family’s 1943 Christmas celebration at Windsor Castle. Three years later, Philip asked her father for her hand. George was not thrilled with the idea, allegedly bothered by Philip’s background and relaxed demeanor, but eventually gave his blessing on the condition that the official engagement not be announced until the princess’s 21st birthday, in April 1947.

They were publicly engaged on July 10 of the same year, and Philip gave Elizabeth a ring of diamonds. He renounced all Greek and Danish royal titles, took the surname Mountbatten through his mother’s line, and was baptized in the Anglican Church.

They were married on November 20, 1947, and on the same day, he received from her father the title of Duke of Edinburgh, which he used until his death, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron of Greenwich. The wedding took place at Westminster Abbey in London, and given the restrictions that prevailed in the UK so soon after World War II, it was much more modest than expected from a royal wedding. So Elizabeth bought the material for the wedding dress with coupons and made up herself for the wedding .

The following year, their first child was born, Prince Charles, and then Princess Anna. From 1949 to 1951 they lived in Malta where he served in the navy and Elizabeth subsequently began to take on more and more royal duties due to her father’s poor health. When George VI. passed away, in February 1952 the couple was on a long journey during which they visited Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Elizabeth and Philip, after her accession to the throne, had two more sons, Andrew and Edward. By the way, the queen decided to keep her surname Windsor, and her children also have that surname, which did not suit Philip very well, and he said that it made him feel like a ‘ devil’s amoeba ‘. Elizabeth eventually relented, and in 1960 decided that family members who did not have the title of ‘royal majesty’ bear the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

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