At 11.30am on November 20 1947, Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten were married in Westminster Abbey in a ceremony broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were married for almost 74 years before Philip sadly died at the age of 99 in April last year. The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral almost 18 months later, on 8 September 2022, at the age of 96. Here, we remember some of their best reflections on love and commitment.
The Queen on Prince Philip
"During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide." The Queen's Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament at Westminster Hall, March 2012.
"All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner. He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and 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." The Queen's Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.
"If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it." The Queen's Silver Wedding speech at the Guildhall, November 1972.
"I take this opportunity to mention the strength I draw from my own family. The Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past fifty years, as he has to so many charities and organisations with which he has been involved." The Queen's Golden Jubilee speech at the Guildhall, June 2002.
Prince Philip on the Queen
"I think the main lesson we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient in any happy marriage... You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance." During a toast to the Queen at a lunch celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, November 1997.
"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." In a letter written to Princess Elizabeth circa 1946, according to Philip Eade, author of Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life.
"Where did you get that hat?" Reportedly to Queen at her Coronation, June 1953.
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