The Longest Married Couple In British Monarchy: Queen Elizabeth And Prince Phillip Are Related, And They First Met When She Was Eight
June 15, 2018 11:27 By Mambee
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have celebrated their wedding соanniversary. The couple is a true example of deep devotion and respect throughout their married life. It seems like their аunshaken unity presents the monarchy itself.
However, the spouses are actually related. In fact, they are third cousins through Queen Victoria. Prince Phillip is related to his wife on his mother’s side.
Victoria had nine children with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Their eldest son, Edward, ascended the throne in 1901, then his second-eldest son, George, succeeded him in 1910. George’s son, George VI, became the King in 1936 and left the throne to his daughter Elizabeth, the current monarch.
Prince Phillip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg, is Queen Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter. She had a close connection to the British Royal family and was even born in Windsor Castle.
After marrying Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, the couple had five children. Their fifth son, Prince Philip, was born in 1921.
Nowadays, same-blood marriages seem bizarre, but through the history, they were a strict requirement for the members of the royal family. Marrying a commoner could mean losing the title and the right to the throne, so there was not much of a choice for young people.
According to the King George VI’s official biographer, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, Elizabeth fell in love with Philip at the tennis court, when she was 13. They had met before at a few official events, but it was the weekends of 1939 when they were officially introduced to each other.
Princess Elizabeth could not take her eyes off the fit blonde-haired Prince Philip, and was absolutely smitten by her cousin! They started corresponding shortly after that encounter, and one thing just led to another.
Prince Phillip recalled that he did not have any intention to marry a teenage Princess, but eventually, they were into the whirlwind of romance. In 1946, there were many speculations and rumors about the royal engagement, but the couple could not announce it officially until Elizabeth turned 21.
It’s not a secret how this story ended! The sweethearts got engaged in 1947 and got married later that year.
The history has proved that the marriage between the soon-to-become Queen and Prince Philip was not a set arrangement. They joined their lives for love and kept the fire burning until their old age. This is everything that matters!