The Truth About Queen Elizabeth's Marriage

The love story between Queen Elizabeth II and  Prince Philip is, well, a unique one. The pair  

first met as children in 1934, and in 2017, they  celebrated 70 years of marriage. How did they last  

so long? Let's put a kettle on and discuss  the truth about Queen Elizabeth's marriage.

The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip  Mountbatten took place on November 20, 1947,  

at Westminster Abbey. In front  of 2,000 guests, the ceremony  

was recorded by BBC radio and broadcast  to 200 million people around the globe.  

The wedding had 91 singers and Elizabeth's  wedding dress was designed by Sir Norman  

Hartnell after he submitted several designs.  However, this wasn't just an ordinary dress.

Due to rationing and austerity measures post-WWII,  

Elizabeth had to use clothing rationing coupons to  pay for her dress. The government allowed her 200  

extra ration coupons and she was flooded with  hundreds of clothing coupons by brides-to-be  

from all parts of the country who wanted  to help her pay for the special day.  

However, they had to be returned since it  was illegal for coupons to be given away.

And the cake? Guests enjoyed a 9 foot tall,  

500 pound fruit cake made by donated  ingredients flown in from Australia  

and South Africa. According to House & Garden, the  cake produced a staggering 2000 slices for guests.

Many love songs and poems have been written about  what people give up for love, but Prince Philip  

could write several of his own. In order  to marry Elizabeth, Philip had to become a  

naturalized British citizen and give up his Greek  and Danish royal titles, as well as his place in  

the line of succession to the Greek throne. He  was also not allowed to invite his sisters to  

the wedding since they were married to men who  had been senior officials in the Nazi Party.

In order to fulfill his duties as Prince consort,  Philip was required to abandon his Naval career,  

and walk behind Elizabeth in public. Once  Elizabeth became Queen, Philip's uncle  

Dickie Mountbatten said, quote, "The House  of Mountbatten now reigns." It did not. Queen  

Mary and then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill  convinced Elizabeth that she and her descendants  

would rule as the House of Windsor. Philip  didn't take the news well, telling his friends,

"I am the only man in the country not  allowed to give his name to his own  

children [...] I am nothing but a bloody amoeba."

The relationship between a father  and his daughters can be complicated,  

but King George VI's love for his  two daughters was a well-documented  

exception. As a proud father, The  King was fond of telling people,

"Lilibet [Elizabeth] is my  pride, Margaret my joy."

The remarkably close relationship between King  George VI and his eldest daughter was expressed in  

a letter he wrote to her days after her marriage  to Philip. The King wrote to his daughter,

"When I handed your hand to the Archbishop,  I felt I had lost something very precious.  

You were so calm and composed  during the service and said your  

words with such conviction that  I knew everything was alright."

King George VI told Elizabeth he watched  her grow up all these years with pride,  

and that he could count on her to continue his  legacy as the eventual ruler of England, writing,

"I can see that you are sublimely  happy with Philip, which is right,  

but don't forget us, is the wish of  your ever-loving and devoted... Papa."

"Fortunately, my father and I have about the same  sort of shaped head. But, once you put it on it  

stays. I mean, it just remains itself."

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip might  have been married for over seven decades,  

but the first years of their marriage got off to  a rocky start. It was a different time in 1947,  

and men weren't used to being married to powerful  women, much less a queen. In the documentary Being  

the Queen, Prince Philip's cousin, Lady Pamela  Hicks, had this to say about her famous relative,

"This extremely active enthusiastic young  man who suddenly finds his whole life is  

going to be taken away from him and probably  thinking he will become a 'yes man' for the  

rest of his life [...] This really devastated  their lives, actually, as a married couple."

The documentary's producer, Tom  Jennings, believed Philip had  

a difficult time transitioning into the  role. Jennings went on to tell Us Weekly,

"I'm sure it was very strained at first and for  someone like Philip to acquiesce to the nation  

and basically give up his bride to the world  [...] I think he managed to get through it [...]"

We assume every couple has pet names for each  other, and when it comes to Queen Elizabeth,  

Prince Philip is no different.  In the 2006 film The Queen,  

there is a moment where a royal nickname became  public knowledge. In the scene, while Philip,  

played by James Cromwell, is climbing into bed,  he tells Elizabeth, played by Helen Mirren,

"Move over, Cabbage."

The screenwriter of the film, Peter Morgan,  

apparently did his homework,  stating to The Sunday Times:

"I inquired in royal circles and was  told on very good authority that that  

is what the duke sometimes calls the Queen."

So why the name cabbage? Reader's Digest explains  that there's speculation that the Prince's pet  

name for his wife may come from the French  way of saying "my darling." The publication  

goes on to explain that in English, the term  literally translates to "my little cabbage."

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip take great  pains not to pack on the PDA for the public,  

and they definitely keep their arguments  away from the ever-present media.  

Except one. In 1954, the royal couple  had a fight in public during their  

eight-week tour of Australia that was  captured on camera by sheer accident.

No one knows exactly what started the fight.  However, an Australian film crew was rolling  

when Prince Philip charged through the  front door of the royal couple's chalet  

followed by Queen Elizabeth who was hurling  abuse at her husband as well as a tennis racket.  

She then reportedly dragged him back inside  and slammed the door shut. You can almost  

picture in your mind the crew's shock  when Elizabeth later appeared and said:

"'I'm sorry for that little interlude  

but, as you know, it happens in every  marriage. Now, what would you like me to do?”

The public spat never saw the  light of day because the crew  

handed over the footage  and it disappeared forever.

While Queen Elizabeth is known  for being reserved in public,  

Prince Philip is anything but. The  man has so many gaffes there was  

even a book about them titled Prince Philip:  Wise Words and Golden Gaffes. The man simply  

just says whatever comes to his mind. But let's  be honest, the word "gaffe" is doing a lot of  

work here. When Prince Philip speaks in public,  you can automatically expect off-color remarks.

In 2011, on his 90th birthday, The  Independent compiled 90 of Philip's  

most famous, and infamous, gaffes. He asked a  wheelchair-bound nursing home resident, quote,  

"Do people trip over you?" Prince Phillip  also told a teenager who dreamed of becoming  

an astronaut that she should lose, quote,  "a little bit of weight." Furthermore,  

during a visit to the Aboriginal  Cultural Park in Australia in 2002,  

he asked Aboriginal leader William Brin, quote,  "Do you still throw spears at each other?" Yikes!

"For Christ's sake!  

Take the photo!"

Allegations of infidelity earlier  in his marriage to Queen Elizabeth  

have plagued Prince Philip for their entire  relationship. According to Town & Country,  

there's no concrete proof that Philip  cheated, but he's rumored to have been  

involved with numerous women over the  years. The publication did have a list  

of the women Prince Phillp allegedly  had an affair with, which included:

"TV personality Katie Boyle, singer Hélène Cordet,  actress Merle Oberon, novelist Daphne du Maurier,  

Princess Alexandra (the Queen's  cousin), and the Duchess of Abercorn."

Most notably, however, was the beautiful stage  actor Pat Kirkwood. She vehemently denied the  

rumors, but Prince Philip would neither confirm  nor deny them. Kirkwood once told a journalist,

"A lady is not normally expected to defend her  honor. It is the gentleman who should do that.  

I would have had a happier and easier life if  Prince Philip, instead of coming uninvited to  

my dressing room, had gone home to his  pregnant wife on the night in question."

Philip's former private secretary, Mike Parker,  told The Telegraph in 2014 that Philip has been  

one hundred percent faithful to the  Queen. And as The Independent noted,  

when he was asked by a journalist about  the cheating rumors, Philip responded,

"Good God, woman. Have you ever stopped to think  that for years, I have never moved anywhere  

without a policeman accompanying me? So how the  hell could I get away with anything like that?"

On November 20, 2020, Queen Elizabeth II  and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd  

wedding anniversary. That's an incredibly long  time for any married couple to be together.  

However, while the two shared a roof in Buckingham  Palace, they didn't share a bed. According to  

Prince Philip's first cousin Lady Pamela, the  royal couple sleeps separately out of tradition.

What tradition, you may ask? In  Sally Bedell Smith's 2011 biography,  

Elizabeth the Queen, Lady  Pamela had this to reveal:

"In England, the upper class always  has had separate bedrooms. You don't  

want to be bothered with snoring  or someone flinging a leg around.  

Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room  sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose."

In 2017, Prince Philip retired from public life  and moved out of the couple's primary residence  

due to his dislike for Buckingham Palace. Since  Philip's withdrawal from public life, he has been  

dividing his time between Windsor Castle and  a former farm manager's cottage at Wood Farm,  

located in the Royal couple's  country retreat Sandringham.

According to The Daily Mail,  Philip spends his day on the farm  

reading and painting. A courtier  also revealed to the publication:

"The Queen feels the Duke has  earned a proper retirement.  

Being at Wood Farm means he's not too far  away, but far enough to be able to relax."

In news that shocked the Royal Family and the  world, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince  

Harry and Meghan Markle, announced on Instagram  in January 2020 that they would take a step back  

as senior members of the Royal Family so that  they could work to become financially independent.

Dubbed "Megxit" by international media due to the  

fact that many believed Markle was the  driving force behind the announcement,  

the couple's decision to step down as Royals was  reportedly motivated by the racism Markle faced,  

as well as a hostile British press. Regarding  the matter, Queen Elizabeth said in a statement:

"Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always  be much loved members of my family. I  

recognise the challenges they have  experienced as a result of intense  

scrutiny over the last two years and support  their wish for a more independent life."

Privately, however, the Queen is, as Royal  expert Phil Dampier claimed to The Telegraph,  

absolutely devastated and feels, quote, "betrayed"  by Markle's accusation that she was undefended by  

the institution of the Royal Family during  the media onslaughts. Royal editor Camilla  

Tominey also speculated on the Queen's future  relationship with her great-grandson, writing,

"Some in royal circles have even started to wonder  whether the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will  

ever see their one-year-old great-grandson  Archie again amid the escalating row."

We assume this situation has taken a toll  on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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