The love affair and the strong bond between Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten and Elizabeth Windsor stretch back more than 7 decades.
It started in 1939 when they first met as teenagers and became good friends.
On 10th June 2020, Prince Philip celebrated his 99th birthday anniversary. Former Buckingham Palace press secretary, Dickie Arbiter said that the Queen had made it known to the world how important Prince Philip had been in her life. It was made clear that Queen Elizabeth couldn’t have done the job without Prince Philip’s support and wise counsel,” Mr Arbiter said. Majesty Magazine managing editor Joe Little agreed.
He said that the Queen couldn’t have done everything she had in her extraordinary career without the support of Prince Philip. “She couldn’t really have done it and excelled in it without him,’’ he said. They really love and complement each other.
Also read: Prince Philip: From a dashing young man in uniform to grandfather of the nation.
Mr Joe Little also said Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh had not caused the Queen any real problems during their long and strong union and bond. “When Queen Elizabeth is appearing at an event including masses of people, they get very nervous. Then Prince Philip would say something to lighten the mood.’’
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Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark first met as children but met again in 1939 when Prince Philip, a cadet at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, was to entertain the then-13-year-old princess with a game of croquet when she accompanied her father King George VI to the college.
They exchanged letters and their friendship developed strong until, in 1946, Prince Philip asked King George for his daughter’s hand for marriage. King George agreed and they kept it a secret until the princess turned 21 the next year, and on July 9, 1947, their engagement was announced to the world.
Prince Philip gave up everything he loved — his Greek citizenship, the Greek Orthodox religion and his Greek & Danish titles, along with cigarettes — ahead of the wedding, and later gave up his decorated navy career. They married in an extravagant and decorated ceremony at Westminster Abbey and the first years of married life were blissful, with the pair stationed on Malta where the Prince continued his military career.
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Then in 1948, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip gave a new heir to the throne, Prince Charles and a spare Princess Anne in 1950. Prince Charles was blond, handsome and athletic — an excellent sailor, an efficient polo player and cricketer, and had an accurate shot with a rifle.
Also read: Inside the private life of the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip.
But on February 9, 1952, everything changed when the ailing King George died in his sleep. Princess Elizabeth and Philip were in Kenya on their way to Australia, representing the King. The young Princess returned to England as a Queen, and everything in Prince Philip’s life changed.
Prince Philip fought for the allies in the war and served with distinction but after the war ended and Queen Elizabeth became his dearest wife, Prince Philip became a full-time Queen’s consort, travelling the world as she carried out her duties as head of state across the Commonwealth.
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