70 Years of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip: Inside Their Epic Modern Romance | E! News
PRINCE Philip and Queen Elizabeth have retained a strong union over the decades. But when did Prince Philip meet the Queen and when did. Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met in at the wedding of . as the ' Queen Caroline', and is said to have belonged to the wife of King George II. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 65th wedding 2. The pair first met when Elizabeth was 13 and Philip was 18, and it was love at first.
A handsome Lothario, a war hero, six-foot tall, deep, blue eyes and chiselled features.
A nation still coming to terms with a post-war world looking for a new era of hope. It was November 20, 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.
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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. 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.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met on a tennis court in Devon - Devon Live
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. The Princess was given extra clothing coupons from the Government towards her wedding trousseau as was the custom for all brides during the time of rationing after the Second World War.
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Women across the UK, keen to ensure Princess Elizabeth would have the dress of her dreams, sent their own coupons to the young royal to help out. But it was illegal to give coupons away and the gifts had to be returned. Sir Norman Hartnell once recalled how rumours circulated that the silkworms used for the gown were of Italian or Japanese origin and therefore provided by "enemy" territories.
But they were provided by the Scottish firm of Winterthur in Dunfermline and came from Chinese silkworms at Lullingstone Castle. The bridal veil was made of tulle and held in place by the Queen Mary Fringe tiara - made for Elizabeth's grandmother Queen Mary in using diamonds from jewellery belonging to Queen Victoria. The tiara snapped just before the Princess was due to leave for the ceremony and had to be repaired by the court jeweller.
The bride left Buckingham Palace for the Abbey at The bridal bouquet of white orchids contained a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet. The grave of the Unknown Warrior was the only stone that was not covered by the special carpet in Westminster Abbey.
Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
The day after the wedding, Princess Elizabeth followed a royal tradition started by her mother, of sending her wedding bouquet back to the Abbey to be laid on this grave. The Duchess of Cambridge did the same in William McKie, the Abbey organist, was summoned to the Palace four days before the wedding so that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret could sing the descant to Crimond to him so that he could note it down as no other copy was available.
They sat in the organ loft as the choir stalls were occupied by various dignitaries.