Looking back, their love story was both royal and incredible.
She was the daughter of King George VI. He was the nephew of the deposed king of Greece.
His family had glorious castles. His family lived in exile.
His father helped unite Britain around the Germans during World War II. His sisters had ties to the Nazi party.
Besides, they were cousins, distant but still cousins.
But when they left Westminster Abbey in 1947 as husband and wife, Princess Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who died on Friday 99, began a centuries-old love affair.
Married for 74 years, their royal marriage came to an abrupt end after the queen was soon promoted, after which her career in the royal fleet resumed her duties as head of state: weekly prime ministerial classes, the gilded life of a sovereign.
Although the famous Netflix show “Crown” portrayed Prince Philip as unhappy in those early days, the truth is that “Prince Philip took on the role of champion for his wife, became their mother and father, allowing the queen to meet the demands of her position.” – says royal biographer Ingrid Seward about their marriage in 2018.
“Even seven decades later,” Seward wrote, “the queen’s face lights up when Philip enters the room.”
They first looked at each other in 1939.
He was 13 years old, the firstborn: proper. He was 18 years old, unrefined. Sharp cadet at Britannia Royal Naval College. Europe was months away from consuming World War II.
Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, wrote in her 2011 autobiography The Final Politeness that “Elizabeth was really in love from the beginning.”
During the war, the two exchanged letters. Philip served in the Royal Navy while Britain was being bombed from palace to palace. He eventually settled with his younger sister, Margaret, in Windsor Castle.
Marion Crawford, who served as their ruler, wrote in her memoir The Little Princesses that Elizabeth had been beaten by the blue-eyed Vikings who captured Philip.
But they were waiting to get engaged after the war. When the crowd celebrated their wedding in Westminster Abbey in 1947, none of them expected him to be crowned soon. His father, King George III, was in his early 50s. The Duke of Edinburgh, Philip, intended to pursue a career in the Navy. But the king died five years after their marriage, և Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25.
Philip had to give up his maritime career. In 1992, he gave an interview. “I would rather stay in the navy. He later described his resignation as “naturally disappointing”. According to many, there was a real tension in the marriage, և “The Crown” strongly hinted that Philip was a serial cheater.
But he և Elizabeth endured, traveling the world together, having four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. According to Tatler, who tells the story of the life of the British kings, he especially mocked her, calling her “Lilibette” և “Sausage”. Or sometimes just “Beloved”.