The Queen's Love

The Queen's Love

She fell in love at the age of 18 and she never looked at anyone else.

Queen Elizabeth II was undoubtedly the most noble person of her time. She was blessed with beauty, power, title, intelligence - the things that many people dream of; she was strong, learned, loving, giving - the most precious of all human virtues - and she earned them all by herself.

She was perfect in this way, and her life is legendary. The Queen is a symbol of national unity in the minds of the British at large. Her integrity was often a model of personal conduct for all of us, and for the rest of the Commonwealth realm, of which she was the head.

She grew up with compassion and love for people, she wept and campaigned for the decline of the British Empire, maintaining its last vestiges of decency, she was graceful in the most absurd of human hippie years, and she smiled in her later years after the changes and losses of her loved ones.

Her departure is the end of an era. In a world in turmoil, it is particularly moving. It is as if she was a symbol, always trying with all her might to preserve the most dignified decency and always coping in the most dignified way with the embarrassments she had to face, such as the decline of England and the flirtations of the King’s husband.

For a complete woman, I think love is not optional, and is quite important for a happy woman. This is different from men, where the satisfaction and boredom of a woman’s physical possessiveness will eventually prevail. Perhaps it is an ancient curse, or perhaps it is a trick of fate, that love has always been both inexplicable and ungrateful. The love of Queen Elizabeth II is particularly compelling and thought-provoking. Perhaps her love will be remembered longer than her glory as queen.

A very long story

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had one of the most enduring royal romances of all time.

The Queen and her wife were married for 73 years until Philip’s death in April 2021 at the age of 99. Queen Elizabeth, who died on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96, remained dedicated to her husband’s memory until the end.

Childhood encounters

The then Princess Elizabeth met Prince Philip in 1934 when he was 13 years old and she was only 8. They were, in fact, distant cousins.

Fall in love

fall in love

Five years after their first meeting, 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, then 18, met again at the Royal Naval College in Britannia, Dartmouth, Devon. Elizabeth later said that this was the time when she fell in love with Philip and the two began to trust each other on a regular basis.

Although Elizabeth had been privately infatuated with Philip, it was not until the wedding of their mutual cousin, Lady Patricia Mountbatten, in October 1946 that people began to speak publicly about their possible romantic relationship. Elizabeth and Philip each served as members of the bridal party, and a photographer snapped pictures of the locked-eyed pair.

Announcing their engagement

Announcing their engagement

Philip asked King George VI for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage in the summer of 1946. The couple postponed their public engagement until the Princess turned 21.

Philip and Elizabeth announced their engagement on 9 July 1947.

The sacrifice of love

Philip gave up his Danish and Greek royal titles before marrying Elizabeth, and he had to take another step before their wedding: becoming a member of the Church of England. The New York Times reported that Philip was baptised in the Greek Orthodox Church and that the Archbishop of Canterbury fully accepted Philip, who had identified himself as an Anglican for many years, into the Church of England on 3 October 1947.


the wedding

enjoy honeymoon

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married on 20 November 1947. The ceremony took place in Westminster Abbey, London, and was attended by 2,500 guests. They then spent their honeymoon in Broadland, Hampshire, England, the home of Philip’s uncle, the Earl of Mountbatten.

Having children

Elizabeth and Philip welcomed their first child and eventual heir to the throne, Prince Charles, on 14 November 1948.

Prince Charles is born

They welcomed their second child and only daughter, Princess Anne, on 15 August 1950.

Princess Anne is born

19 February 1960: Birth of Prince Andrew.

Prince Andrew is born

10 March 1964: Birth of Prince Edward.

Prince Edward is born

Becoming Queen

The Queen and The Prince

When King George VI died on 6 February 1952, Princess Elizabeth, then 25 years old, became Queen Elizabeth II. Philip’s title remained unchanged, as he was not named as the King’s spouse, but he gave up his military career to support Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth II was officially crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, just over a year after her accession to the throne. After the Archbishop of Canterbury, Philip was the first to kneel for the new monarch and pledged to be her “governor” for life. Over 8,000 people attended her coronation, including Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the then four-year-old Prince Charles.

Speech on the occasion of her 25th wedding anniversary

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Balmoral in 1972

On 20 November 1972, Queen Elizabeth gave a memorable speech to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her marriage to Prince Philip. “If I were asked what I thought of family life after 25 years of marriage,” she said, “I could answer with the same simplicity and firmness that I approve.”

Speech on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1997

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 1997. In her speech to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, the Queen described their relationship as that of a “working couple” and thanked Philip for his “constant love and support” during her reign.

“He is a man who does not take compliments easily,” she said. “But quite simply, he has been a strength and a pillar of strength to me over the years, and I, and his whole family, and this country and many others, owe him a debt greater than he will ever claim, or we will ever know.”

Diamond Jubilee

60th wedding anniversary

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 20 November 2007. The couple marked the occasion with a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.


Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s official portrait in honor of the duke’s 99th birthday

Queen Elizabeth helped Prince Philip to celebrate his 99th birthday on 10 June 2020. The couple, whose marriage is the longest royal union in history, were photographed together.

The Prince’s death

Queen Elizabeth sits alone at Prince Philip’s funeral

9 April 2021: Prince Philip dies at the age of 99.

While most of the royal family attended Prince Philip’s funeral on 17 April 2021, Queen Elizabeth sat alone in the pews at the service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in a heartbreaking display of grief.

Queen Elizabeth left a handwritten note on Philip’s coffin with her childhood nickname, “Lilibet”.

The story behind the story

No one opens the door for their wife, including me. Unless the car is new, or the wife is new.

Rumours that the late Duke of Edinburgh was not entirely faithful to the Queen for decades, and these rumours of an affair also plagued Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

The couple gave birth to their first child, Prince Charles, in 1948, which was also the year of Prince Philip’s rumoured affair with Pat Kirkwood.

In 1956, Prince Philip embarked on a world tour on the royal yacht Britannia, leaving the Queen and her two young children behind in England.

Prince Philip was, of course, a handsome, dashing and funny man who was a real hit with the ladies and left behind many tales to catch the eye.

The end of the story

The biggest lesson I have learned in my marriage is that forgiveness is the most central element of any happy marriage. You can see from me what a forgiving person the Queen is.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s relationship is one of love, respect and lasting admiration. Taking responsibility for what is due in the relationship is the foundation of marriage; mutual tolerance is the recipe for longevity. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s marriage, though royal, is a model for earthly couples.

This is the true story of a prince and a princess.

To demand absolute exclusivity in a relationship is, I think, a bit neurotic and morbid in any case. It’s like everyone aspires to fly, but you don’t really stand on a high place and jump with open arms.

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