Monday 20 November 2017

'The queen wears the crown, but her husband wears the trousers' - inside Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 70-year marriage

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day in 1947, left, and in 2014, right
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day in 1947, left, and in 2014, right
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and her fiance, Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, after their engagement was announced, 10th July 1947. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip leave Manchester by train, 24th May 1961. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip being welcomed by a Kandyan Chief during their Royal Tour in Kandy, April 23rd 1954. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump says something to reporters as he and first lady Melania Trump walk out to depart for travel to France from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing formal dress as they attend a concert at Festival Hall, London, May 1951. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II wave to crowds during the Garter Procession at Windsor Castle, 1969. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (behind Her Majesty) visiting the rock fortress of Sigiriya, built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa, in Colombo, Ceylon, April 16th 1954. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as she delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 4, 2014
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrive for the state banquet in their honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) and Queen Elizabeth II depart a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Photo taken in June 1967 in Ascot shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. AFP PHOTO
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look on from the balcony during the annual Trooping The Colour parade at the Mall on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Portrait of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their baby daughter Princess Anne and son Prince Charles, following the baby's christening at Buckingham Palace, London, October 21st 1950. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Portrait of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their baby daughter Princess Anne and son Prince Charles, following the baby's christening at Buckingham Palace, London, October 21st 1950. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their baby daughter Princess Anne and son Prince Charles, following the baby's christening at Buckingham Palace, London, October 21st 1950. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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".

Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and her fiance, Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, after their engagement was announced, 10th July 1947. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and her fiance, Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, after their engagement was announced, 10th July 1947. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

"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.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrive for the state banquet in their honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrive for the state banquet in their honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany

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