Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in the year 1947, and he lived with her for almost her entire reign, until the time he departed this world in April 2021.
Before their wedding, Prince Philip wrote a message to the Queen Mother saying he had “fallen in love completely and unreservedly” with the then Princess Elizabeth, was just five years old.
There relationship was partnership that would have last eight decades if both of them were still alive.
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At a speech given at a celebration to mark the couple’s golden wedding anniversary, the Queen paid tribute to her husband, the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments, but he has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years,” she said.
Prince Philip believed his job, as he told his biographer, was “to ensure the Queen can reign”.