'The queen wears the crown, but her husband wears the trousers' - inside Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 70-year marriage
70 years together is a feat of accomplishment for any couple; for royals, it's absolutely astonishing.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (91) and Prince Philip (96) celebrated the 70th anniversary of their engagement earlier this week and a royal biographer has revealed what makes them tick as couple and how they've become the longest royal marriage in history.
The couple wed on November 20, 1947.
Gyles Brandreth, who published Portrait of a Marriage in 2004, penned a new piece for Radio Times in which he documents the secrets of their marital success.
Philip recently retired from public life after 70 years by his wife's side, but his support is reportedly essential to her success.
"The Queen wears the crown, but her husband wears the trousers. He is the power behind the throne: steadfast, never-failingly supportive," Brandreth wrote.
"Because she is the Queen, no one in the world treats Elizabeth II entirely normally – except for Prince Philip. Conversely, the Queen is the only person in the world who can say to the Duke of Edinburgh, 'Oh Philip, do shut up'. And she does."
As is the case with most successful relationships: opposites attract. She is described as having "infinite patience" prefers tradition, while he "reads a good deal".
"As a couple they are allies, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their differences."
Royal watchers will be well versed in Philip's seemingly endless gaffes over the years and their shared sense of humour is said to have brought them together over the years.
"The Duke of Edinburgh is a funny man. He is the fellow who said, 'If you ever see a man opening the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.' He has been making the Queen laugh for more than 70 years.”