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Royal Wedding Wednesday: Queen Elizabeth II to the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth in Love

Once upon a time…

A very young Princess Elizabeth, age 13, met her someday prince over a game of croquet. On request of her father, King George VI, a young cadet at the college they were visiting was put in charge of entertaining the young princesses for the day. The 18-year-old cadet, who also happened to be a prince in his own right, is said to have captured the young princess’s love that day, and has kept it ever since.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip meet“While everything else in the life of Lilibet was laid out for her, she made the most important decision on her own. ‘She never looked at anyone else…'”(Vanity Fair)

It wasn’t until Christmas of 1943 that the pair would meet again, but since that fateful reunion, the rest, you could say, is history. Princess Elizabeth was (even more) certain that Philip was the one and she promptly displayed a photo of him in her nursery room. He is said to have kept a photo of his “Lilibet” with him in his naval barracks. As the war raged on, in which the Prince fought without protection from any royal patronage (The Daily Beast) they continued their correspondence through letters and occasional visits. Her nanny recalls the princess after the couple had seen the musical Oklahoma! together:

“I also noticed that she began to play her gramophone more than usual, and that her favourite tune was People Will Say We’re In Love, from the musical Oklahoma! — which she’d seen with Philip.

After he started taking her out, Lilibet would often ask the band at the restaurants where they dined to play the number for her.” (Daily Mail)

When Prince Philip proposed to Princess Elizabeth in the late summer of 1946, she is said to have said yes before consenting her parents. He soon after wrote:

“To have been spared in the war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to re-adjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes all one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty”. (The Telegraph)

The Engagement

Prince Philip is said to have proposed during a walk with Princess Elizabeth through the Balmoral grounds. It was initially a “secret engagement.” Although it’s reported that many were hesitant of the marriage, especially the King, it was a short engagement. QEII and Prince Philip Fiance The official announcement of the engagement was on July 7, 1946.

The Wedding

Old Wedding Photos of Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947 (13) Having suffered the ravages of WWII, the celebration was a welcome, though thought-out event. Winston Churchill described it as “a flash of colour on the hard road we have to travel.” Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Dress Rations were used in creating Princess Elizabeth’s gown, which included a short train, and decorated with 10,000 seed pearls. (Fashion-Era) The wedding was the morning of November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. More than 2000 guests were in attendance with more than 200 million people listening worldwide. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Wedding Royal Wedding 1946 Wedding of QEII and P. Philip Princess Elizabeth + Prince Philip Wedding Royal Wedding Group Wedding Carriage QEII balcony

And they lived happily ever after…

Then + Now Prince Philip QEII After 60 plus years together, the first British monarch to celebrate a diamond wedding anniversary, as well as Prince Philip being the longest living consort, their love has to be true to make it thus far. And you have to admit, the way he looks at her, and she him, it’s pretty apparent it’s love.

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2 thoughts on “Royal Wedding Wednesday: Queen Elizabeth II to the Duke of Edinburgh

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  2. I love these two. They have weathered a lot together and survived, and I really believe them to still be genuinely in love after sixty years. They seem so caring of each other, and I love how supportive he has been of her all these years. I know Princess Margaret was considered the beauty of the family, but I think the Queen is a beautiful lady inside and out. She has aged very well, and looks at least ten years younger than she is. She is a very lovely older lady. Phillip has aged well too. I get a kick out of that little smile they share together. There have been stories of epic fights and indiscretions on his part over the years, but I think that at the end of the day they are just stories. These two were and are in it for the long haul. If anything happened to one of them, the other would be devastated. There is real love there, and friendship as well. I do laugh every time the Prince makes an offhand remark that upsets someone. Clearly he is a man with opinions, and isn’t afraid to make them known! I imagine the queen serenely rolls her eyes and sighs, “Oh Phillip!” and then she smiles. They understand each other.

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