On November 20, Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum anniversary together. The Queen, England's longest-running monarch, turned 91 this year and is about to welcome her third great-grandchild from Prince William.
Next week will mark 70th anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. The two were married in Westminster Abbey in London on November 20, 1947, and have since created a dynasty of a royal family and are one of the most photographed couples in the world. Although the two have spent most of their lives in the public eye, there are a few things you might not have known about the royal couple.
1. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece are distant cousins.
A common tradition in royal families, both are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. They first met when she was 13 and he was 18, when the then-princess visited the Royal Navy College with her family. It was love at first sight.
2. The Duke knows his diamonds.
And is a total romantic when it comes to jewelry. The Queen's engagement ring was crafted by Philip Antrobus, a London jeweler, out of diamonds from Philip's mother's tiara. Additionally, on their fifth anniversary, the Duke designed a gold, diamond, sapphire and ruby bracelet featuring links of interlocking Es and Ps as an anniversary gift in 1952.
3. The two know how to work out a fight.
Once after a tiff between the royal hubby and wife, Queen Elizabeth said, “I’m not going to come out of my cabin until he’s in a better temper. I’m going to sit here on my bed until he’s better.” Another time, the Queen was seen throwing a pair of tennis shoes and a racket at her husband in frustration during an Australian tour.
4. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are a couple of party animals.
The then-princess once recalled in a letter to an author that she and Philip enjoyed dancing together at nightclubs in London. “Philip likes riding but as yet, has not done much racing,” she wrote. “We both love dancing – we have danced at Ciro’s and Quaglino’s as well at parties.”
5. Philip's has the cutest nickname for the Queen.
The Queen’s nickname has been said to be 'Lilibet,' but the Duke is known to call her 'Cabbage.'
6. The Queen's wedding gown was, well, fit for a queen.
On her wedding day, Queen Elizabeth wore a duchesse-satin long-sleeved wedding gown with floral embroidery and crystal and pearl appliqués—10,000 pearls, to be exact. It's said that Elizabeth saved up to purchase the material for her bridal gown, but still couldn't save up enough money. Luckily, Engaged girls from around the country donated to help her get her dream dress.
7. The couple are known to say the sweetest things about each other.
Before their marriage, Philip once wrote a letter to Elizabeth's mother, describing how he had “fallen in love completely and unreservedly." He also wrote, “The only thing in this world which is absolutely real to me, and my ambition, is to weld the two of us into a new combined existence that will not only be able to withstand the shocks directed at us but will also have a positive existence for the good.”
8. At first, Philip did not do well with his wife's rise to power.
When Elizabeth became queen, Philip gave up his career as a naval officer to support his wife's royal duties. At first however, the Duke was known to get in arguments with the Buckingham Palace staff and was upset that Elizabeth did not keep his last name once she inherited the throne.
9. The pair get domestic at their royal barbecues.
Royals, they're just like us! During barbecues at Balmoral, it's said that Philip will do the cooking while the Queen will be in charge of washing the dishes. “You sit there having eaten, the Queen asks if you’ve finished, she stacks the plates up and goes off to the sink,” former prime minister Tony Blair once wrote.
10. The Queen was originally warned NOT to marry Prince Philip.=
Last year, reports were released that Elizabeth was advised not to marry the Duke for his humor. The Queen's biographer, A.N. Wilson, once spoke on why Elizabeth was told to avoid Philip at all costs. According to the Telegraph, "She was warned the then naval officer was 'entirely the wrong person to choose' and made 'gaffes.'"