He had a beautiful boy in front of him, blond hair and blue eyes: Queen Elizabeth fell in love with him instantly
More than 70 years side by side, four children, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. This was the love story between the Queen Elizabeth and Filippo. For the longest-lived sovereign ever, who died yesterday at the age of 96, it was a real love at first sight.
It all began shortly before World War II, when Lord Luis Mountbatten encouraged his nephew to woo the princess. It was the month of July 1939, when King George VI and his wife went to visit the naval college with their daughters. Elizabeth had 13 years and Filippo 18. What would later become the historic sovereign remained immediately hit from that beautiful boy, with blond hair and light eyes, in uniform and with an athletic physique.
During the war between the two there was a long correspondence, up to the engagement. Then came the most exciting moment, when that beautiful boy did he knelt before the future queen to ask for her hand.
The announcement of the engagement between Queen Elizabeth and Philip
Everything was announced to the whole world on the 9th July 1947 and four months later got married in Westminster Abbey.
Eight bridesmaids accompanied the beautiful bride to the altar, dressed in pearls and crystals.
After the wedding and the honeymoon, the newlyweds went to live in Clarence House, near the royal palace. A life of dancing and good society, until 1952, when everything changed.
Elizabeth II only had 25 years old, when he ascended the throne, after the death of his father George VI. She was in Africa with her husband when she heard the news of her. A transition that was not at all easy for marriage. There were many things that were not granted to Philip, like walking beside his wife during the coronation or giving the surname Mountbatten to his children.
Eventually he had to accept the new life and managed to carve out a role in the education of children and in the management of the royal house.
The Queen, during the diamond jubilee of 2021, called Philip her own forcehe who was her always remained beside for all those years.
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