Why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were “one of the most remarkable couples the world has ever seen”
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were dubbed the ‘cutest couple’ by Prince Harry in BBC One documentary premieres Prince Philip: the royal family remembers, and when the full schedule aired on Wednesday, Royal Watchers had even more information about the support and sacrifice the Queen and her consort offered to each other during their 73-year marriage.
The documentary looked at the Duke of Edinburgh’s tumultuous upbringing and his early successes in the Royal Navy before meeting then-Princess Elizabeth in 1934 as a child. Five years later, they met for the third time when Elizabeth was 13, and she has since said she knew then that she was in love with Philip, 18 – although it will take another eight years. before the couple pursued a relationship and officially announced their engagement on July 9, 1947.
The couple married four months later on November 20.
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“Looking at the wedding photo, I mean it’s amazing to see their partnership and what a beautiful couple,” marveled Princess Eugenie, who revealed on the show that Philip, who died on April 9 in the age of 99, made his own wedding in 2018 very special when he gave a photo of a bouquet of flowers he had painted himself.
Zara Tindall said the archival footage of her grandparents “just makes the hair stand on end, doesn’t it? When all the old pictures show up, it’s so nice to see how they were together before the family and before everyone else arrives. “
With Elizabeth’s father still reigning as King George VI, they lived for just over four years of marriage before the unexpected death of Elizabeth’s father, who elevated her to the rank of Queen.
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“I think the real intimidating part came when the king died and then had to give it all up,” noted grandson Peter Phillips.
At just 25, Elizabeth was already a mother to Prince Charles, 3, and Princess Anne, 1. (Prince Andrew and Prince Edward would arrive years later, completing their family of six in mid-1964.) Philip left his naval career behind to navigate the relatively uncharted waters of his new role as the monarch’s consort. British.
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Prince William added: “One of the things I really admire him for is the fact that he gave up a very, very successful military career to be the Queen’s wife and support her and go into service and on duty in a different way. It was really a man’s world back then. So for a man, giving up his career to support a woman, although the queen, was still a big step.
According to Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence, who is also a retired Royal Navy officer, Philip “wondered what was the role model for a queen’s husband. And of course there was none. no. He had to dig his own furrow and make his own way. “
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From Zara’s perspective, “I think the amazing thing he was able to do is be an incredible support for my grandmother, but stay true to himself throughout. And that’s it. that our grandma needed. You know, that’s why they worked so well together. And why they fell in love with each other, I think. “
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a future bride herself, said: “I saw the way he supported the Queen, and not in a flashy way, but just by doing it quietly and then by next. That’s something I learned from watching him. “
Camilla’s husband and future King Charles agreed that the Queen “found him great support, and I think she appreciated her judgment on some things”.
Chris Jackson / WPA Pool / Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in November 2020
Taking stock, Anne admitted: “It would be quite difficult to define: What do you think is his greatest achievement? Some of us would say it supported Her Majesty, because whatever he could or couldn’t do, I think he understood it better than anyone. “
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Eugenie added, “Looking at this and now realizing how much they’ve created… they’re one of the most remarkable couples that I think the world has ever seen and will ever see. And Granny could have been the person that ‘she is with the support and love of grandfather. “