Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been married to her husband, Prince Philip, for over 70 years. In that time, many strange facts have come out the pair. But though the dashing Prince Philip of Greece and the year-old heiress to a life and family together, trouble lay ahead as “Lilibet” became “Her the dynastic struggle that rocked Queen Elizabeth II's marriage and the. 6 days ago The Crown season two update: was Prince Philip unfaithful? . In Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage, biographer Gyles Brandreth It was an issue that remained a sore point, and after the death of the Queen's.
Five years later, Elizabeth succeeded her father George VI on the throne and has ruled for the following 65 years, more than any other monarch in British history, with Philip by her side throughout. But first, Elizabeth had to convince her family, her government, and her country, that Philip was suitable to stand by The Crown.
Elizabeth and Philip pose during their honeymoon. AFP Elizabeth fell in love with Philip, a distant second cousin, when she was 13, in The Royal Family were touring the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, and the young Elizabeth was escorted by a dashing young officer, year-old blonde naval cadet Philip, from Greece. They were both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, so they had commonalities. So ensconced by this dashing European, Elizabeth began writing him letters.
But, there was a problem.
Strange facts about Queen Elizabeth's marriage
Australia's wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. Two finely engraved dessert dishes and two silver salvers, each decorated with an Australian wattle blossom motif. On right is a Coronet from Queen Mary, who also gave the earrings seen in picture.
Philip spent just a year in Greece before his family were expelled. He grew up in boarding schools while his father left to live with a mistress in France. His mother suffered a mental illness and eventually, moved to Athens and established a Greek Orthodox nunnery.
Strange facts about Queen Elizabeth's marriage
His family became too fractured to piece back together. A laughing stock, to some. Philip continued to respond. Sometimes they were able to meet, when Philip was in London. He courted the Princess, slowly but surely. At the end of the war, he brought home POWs prisoners of war — arriving back in Portsmouth in They took deliberate steps to maintain privacy.
Philip had to make some sacrifices to marry Elizabeth Getty Images In order to marry Elizabeth, Philip had to make some changes.
First off, he had to become a naturalized British citizen. Online sharedElizabeth's parents were not thrilled at the time with his family. None of his German family members were allowed to come to the wedding. This even included Philip's three sisters who had married German men. On top of that, the king did not want to officially announce his daughter's engagement until she was 21, so Princess Elizabeth and Philip had to keep their relationship quiet for some time until it could be announced.Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip: Celebrating Their Platinum Wedding Anniversary
Elizabeth used ration coupons to buy her wedding dress Getty Images When one thinks of a royal wedding, words like glamorous, elegant and extravagant come to mind. However, this wasn't the case for Elizabeth and Philip's nuptials.
Because of this, the queen-to-be actually used ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress materials. Online sharedthe government allowed Elizabeth extra coupons to be exact for the dress. The resulting dress was beautiful. It included a foot-long train and was embroidered with crystals.
The couple has always had connecting bedrooms Getty Images Elizabeth and Philip were like any other married couple after their wedding, except for the whole royalty thing.
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When the couple moved to Clarence House inthey had connected bedrooms. Yes, they had their own bedrooms. The purpose was practicality. As Vanity Fair reportedthe royal couple's cousin Lady Pamela Mountbatten shared the reasoning for the two bedrooms, saying, "You don't want to be bothered with snoring, or someone flinging a leg around.
Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose. In fact, Philip was still the Duke of Edinburgh for some time after Elizabeth's coronation in According to BBChe dedicated himself to her at the ceremony, saying, "I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks.
So help me God. While there is only speculation about why this change happened years later, as POPSUGAR reportedthere were suggestions that the title change came as a way to ease tension in the royal marriage.
There are suspicions that Philip wasn't always faithful Getty Images With such a highly publicized marriage, there was bound to be news about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.