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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Elizabeth and Philip first met in 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth later the Queen Mother toured the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. During the visit, Philip who was training there was asked to escort the King’s two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. The then Princess Elizabeth, just 13 was immediately smitten and they began corresponding by letters and Philip occasionally coming to visit.

Eventually, in the summer of 1946, Philip asked the King for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The King granted his request, provided that any formal engagement be delayed until Elizabeth’s twenty-first birthday the following April.

By March 1947, Philip had abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, had adopted the surname Mountbatten from his mother’s family, and had become a naturalised British subject.

The engagement was not without controversy; Philip had no financial standing, was foreign-born (though a British subject who had served in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War), and had sisters who had married German noblemen with Nazi links.

Marion Crawford, Nanny to Elizabeth and her sister Margaret later wrote, “Some of the King’s advisers did not think him good enough for her. He was a prince without a home or kingdom. Some of the papers played long and loud tunes on the string of Philip’s foreign origin.”

Later biographies reported that Elizabeth’s mother initially opposed the union, dubbing Philip “The Hun”. However in later life, the Queen Mother told biographer Tim Heald that Philip was “an English gentleman

Then Princess Elizabeth, the future monarch and Prince Philip married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. They will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this November.

The Queen in 2002 said this of her husband "Prince Philip is, I believe, well known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout [my reign] he has been a constant strength and guide.”

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Queen Maud and King Haakon VII of Norway

Princess Maud attended regular family gatherings in Denmark, where she came to know her cousin, Prince Carl of Denmark, well. They were married in Buckingham Palace on 22 July 1896, and settled in Copenhagen. Their son and only child, Prince Alexander, was born at Appleton House in Norfolk, England, on 2 July 1903.