See The First Photos Of Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip In Public Together
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth's love story was one that stood the test of time and outlasted all the other Royal relationships that were tested. Theirs was one that raised the bar for the commonwealth when it came to true love. See the photos from the 1940s when the pair were only just beginning their over 73 years long love story.
Over 73 years later and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been the perfect example of true love and respect. Take a look back at their first time being photographed in public together.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip In 1946
Back when she was simply Princess Elizabeth and he was Prince Philip of Greece or Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, the pair were a part of their mutual cousin's Lady Patricia Mountbatten's wedding party in October 1946. Philip was a groomsman and Elizabeth was a bridesmaid along with her sister Princess Margaret.
Philip was a strapping 25 and Elizabeth was a striking 20-year-old Monarch to-be. Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret met Prince Philip at the event when a photographer snapped a photo of the moment the pair locked eyes. this was the image that first caused the newspapers to speculate about their relationship that was not public knowledge yet.
It is clear why, considering Philip is wearing an enormous smile and neither are letting go of eye contact. According to the New York Times, Elizabeth had once described Philip to her father as "the only man I could ever love." The pair had met years before when she was 13 and he was 18 but did not begin to pursue a relationship until Elizabeth was an adult.
Their engagement was announced the following year after these photos were taken on July 9th 1947. They married on November 20th, of the same year and went on to have their 4 children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
Their marriage outlasted all others that the public was so sure would survive. His passing on Friday, April 9th has been quite a shock to the Commonwealth and the Royal family but the support Her Majesty has been receiving is endless and full of love.