Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary as the royal couple who have been for years, a role model for their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren even millions around the world for their inspiring love story, mark yet another year in their marriage journey.
The Royal family on Wednesday, took to social media to share a vintage photo of both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they mark their special day.
The love story of the couple has been a special one, as it all started when the Queen Elizabeth Princess Elizabeth II, first met the then Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark at the 1934 wedding of Philip’s cousin Princess Marina to Prince George, Duke of Kent.
They eventually met again in Dartmouth Royal Naval College in 1939, when an 18-year-old Philip fittingly captured the future queen’s attention by ‘jumping over tennis court nets’
The pair became penpals, and in a letter written to Princess Elizabeth circa 1946, the prince declared his ‘complete and unreserved’ love for his future wife.
“To have been spared in the war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to re-adjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes all one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty.” the prince wrote, according to Philip Eade, author of Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life.
The pair became secretly engaged that same year when Philip asked King George VI for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
They wed on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey in London.
Philip, who is often regarded for his infamous gaffes, jokes and occasional blunders, has been a source of lighthearted relief in the queen’s earnest life, which many have credited for their strong, intimate relationship. Indeed on her coronation in 1953, he reportedly turned to her exclaiming ‘Where did you get that hat?’
When describing his relationship with his wife on their golden wedding anniversary celebrations in London in 1997, Philip alluded to his often mischievousness and no doubt trying personality when he praised his wife for her ‘tolerance’, saying for him it was the key to their longevity.
“I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage,” he said on the day.
“It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult. You can take it from me that the queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.’
For her part, Queen Elizabeth described her husband as her “strength and stay all these years,” adding that “I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know”.
This was the short note posted on the official social media handle of the Royal family, after sharing the vintage photo.
“Happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who were married on this day in Westminster Abbey” the Royal family stated.
Prince William and Kate Middleton also send their wishes to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Here is there message:
“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary!”