Today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip celebrate 71 years of marriage. When we talk about unforgettable romances, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are the archetype – a true portrait of love and devotion throughout many tribulations. During a recent interview, the Queen described her husband as “my strength and stay all these years” whilst Prince Philip divulged the secrets of their successful marriage to be “tolerance” as well as “having different interests”. To celebrate over seven decades of marriage between the royal couple, The Style Edit has brought you ten interesting facts you may not know about the pair.
1. The couple first crossed paths in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to Prince George, the Duke of Kent. Princess Elizabeth was eight years old, whilst Prince Philip was 13 – awww, cute!
2. Before marrying Queen Elizabeth in 1947, after only four months of engagement, Prince Philip was created The Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London.
3. Princess Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids at her wedding (including her sister HRH Princess Margaret), two page boys and The Duke of Edinburgh’s best man was David Mountbatten, the Marquess of Milford Haven.
4. Princess Elizabeth’s wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold which came from the Clogau St David’s mine near Dolgellau whilst her platinum and diamond engagement ring was made using diamonds from a tiara belonging to Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
5. Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell who cited Botticelli’s famous painting, Primavera, which symbolises the coming of spring, as the inspiration for his design.
6. Due to rationing measures in place following the Second World War, the Princess had to use clothing ration coupons to pay for her dress! Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
7. The royal wedding breakfast menu consisted of Filet de Sole Mountbatten, Perdreau en Casserole and Bombe Glacee Princess Elizabeth.
8. According to author Ingrid Seward who wrote My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 years of Royal Marriage, The Duke of Edinburgh is a dab-hand in the kitchen and regularly cooked dinner for his children whilst the queen was on duty. When his wife was home, rumour has it, that Philip loved to cook breakfast for Elizabeth, which usually consisted of his famous omelettes or smoked haddock.
9. Inside sources revealed that, on the morning of his wedding, Prince Philip gave up cigarettes, cold turkey, to abide to the wishes of his new bride.
10. We have certainly saved the best until last. Three of Prince Philip’s nicknames for the Queen have been reliably confirmed to be ‘cabbage’, ‘darling’ and ‘lilibet’ (short for Elizabeth and highlighted in Netflix documentary, The Crown).