Britain’s Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II were married for 73 years before the prince died at the age of 99 in April 2021. The couple married in 1947, shortly after the end of World War II, and they remained a unit, representing the royal family and raising four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The royal couple’s marriage, however, was not without its ups and downs. The first years of their marriage were happy and carefree, as the Duke focused on his role in the Royal Navy. But in 1952, the Queen’s father died suddenly and everything changed.
After some initial friction, the couple found each other. In the end, Prince Philip described his marriage to the Queen in one word.
The marriage of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth has some challenges
Though the Prince and Queen married for love, they were not prepared to take on their roles as heads of the monarchy so quickly. As a result, they had some major challenges to overcome.
Prince Philip was used to being the alpha dog, so standing by his wife’s side as her aide and supporter took some getting used to.
In addition, the prince greatly resented having to give up his role in the Royal Navy for his royal duties. He found them so boring and uninspiring that he became bedridden during the first year of the Queen’s reign.
“He came down with a severe case of jaundice – a condition often associated with stress and depression – and spent three agonizing weeks in a dark room recovering,” royal author Bryan Kozlowski wrote via Marie Claire.
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Queen Elizabeth in tears after brutal row with Prince Philip
Prince Philip was responding to rumors that he had cheated on Queen Elizabeth.
In the 1950s, rumors circulated that Prince Philip had been unfaithful to Queen Elizabeth. Averse to his new role as the man who ran after his wife, the British tabloids claimed he had an affair with stage performer Patricia Kirkwood when the queen was eight months pregnant.
The duke’s cozy relationship with Sacha Hamilton, the Duchess of Abercorn, also caused a stir The duchess also did little to dispel the affair talk. “It’s complicated and quite simple at the same time,” she told reporters, according to Icons. “[Philip] needs a playmate and someone to share his intellectual pursuits.”
In the end, Prince Philip dismissed any cheating rumors. “Secretly, he’ll say, ‘How could I?”‘ Mike Parker, the duke’s first private secretary, told The Telegraph in 2004. “‘I’ve had a detective in my company day and night since 1947.'”
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Prince Philip described his marriage to Queen Elizabeth in 1 word
Most recently, the royal couple has weathered many scandals and storms. During the couple’s golden wedding anniversary luncheon in 1997, Prince Philip described his relationship with the queen as one of “tolerance.”
“I think the most important lesson we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient in any happy marriage … You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance,” he said.
“Tolerance in good relationships is when both people let go of things that aren’t possible and learn to be happy and content with what they have,” William Schroeder, co-owner and consultant at Just Mind, LLC, told Pure Wow. “You have to find a way to accept and admire what you have as opposed to focusing on what you don’t have. That means letting go of the emotional reckoning with each other’s flaws.”