Their amazing love story began when they were just children and lasted until April 9, 2021, the day Philip died.
Queen Elizabeth II and Philip first met at the 1934 wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent. Philip was just 13 and Elizabeth eight years old.
The two young royals were third-cousins, through their relations to Queen Victoria.
Everybody believes she must have fallen truly in love in 1939 — when Philip, then 18 and a Navy officer cadet, helped escort a 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth around Dartmouth’s Royal Navy College, according to author and historian Tina Brown
He proposed to her at Balmoral Castle — the same royal estate in Scotland where the queen died on 8th September 2022. The ring included diamonds from a tiara that belonged to his mother.
Their wedding took place on Thursday 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom.
She used ration coupons to pay for her wedding gown at that time. The dress was “a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms.”
The wedding shoes were made out of satin and were trimmed with silver and seed pearl. Elizabeth did her own makeup for the wedding. Her wedding bouquet was prepared by the florist M. H. Longman, and consisted of “white orchids with a sprig of myrtle”. The myrtle was taken from “the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet”.The bouquet was returned to the abbey the day after the service to be laid on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, following a tradition started by Elizabeth’s mother at her wedding in 1923.
On her wedding day, Elizabeth realised that she had left her pearls at St James’s Palace. Her private secretary, Jock Colville, was asked to go and retrieve them. He was able to get the pearls to the princess in time for her portrait in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace.
Philip wore his naval uniform, which was adorned with his medals and the star emblem of a Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. He also carried a ceremonial sword, with which he later cut the wedding cake.
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