Here’s Some Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Trivia In Honor Of Their 69th Anniversary
These two lovebirds keep each other young.
Being married to the same person for 69 years is certainly a milestone worth celebrating. And that indeed is the magic number for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who celebrated their anniversary on Nov. 20. They were married on that date back in 1947.
Queen Elizabeth was just 21 and her new husband was 26, just back from World War II. According to the website Rare, she fell in love with Prince Philip as a teen when she visited the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. “He reportedly tried to show off for the young Princess, hoping should would look his way. Eight short years later, they were married,” Rare reports.
The Queen turned 90 this year (although she really doesn’t seem to age, does she?). The Prince is 95, and since 70 is a nice big round number, you’d think a big celebration will be in order in one year’s time. According to Inquistr, this year’s anniversary was to be a low-profile event at Windsor Castle with friends and family—no huge bash like her recent birthday celebration, pictured here.
Here are some fun facts via Metro UK about the queen’s royal nuptials all those years ago:
• Philip had two stag parties the night before the wedding—the first at the Dorchester, where the press were invited, and the second with his closest friends at the Belfry Club.
• The bride’s wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold which came from the Clogau St David’s mine, near Dolgellau.
• The grave of the Unknown Warrior was the only stone that was not covered by the special carpet for the ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
• The position of the BBC microphones had to be carefully checked. During a royal wedding in 1934, the Abbey cross hit the microphone suspended above the altar steps.
• The princess took her beloved corgi, Susan, with her on honeymoon to Broadlands, Hampshire, and Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.
Up for some more royal couple trivia? First for the Queen:
• Her birth name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.
• When World War II began, she was a Girl Guide (British girl scouts) and went through the same training as the other Girl Guides her age.
• Her official title after March 26, 1953 became Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
• She is the sixth female to ascend to the British throne, and is the longest-reigning monarch.
• In September 2015, she surpassed the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, after 63 years and 216 days on the throne.
And we can’t leave out some fun facts about Prince Philip:
• He was born Prince Philip of Greece in Corfu, Greece.
• His interests include painting, the environment, horses, flying and writing. He has written a number of books on subjects that include birds, the environment and carriage driving.
• His official name is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
• His full title is HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of The Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counsellor.
Cheers to the Queen and Prince. Here’s a look at their years together: