See Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's Royal Love Story Through the Years

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married on November 20, 1947, and celebrated 73 years together before his death on April 9, 2021. Look back at their royal romance, in light of the Queen's death on Sept. 8, 2022

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October 1946

Prince Philip of Greece, later the Duke of Edinburgh, acts as an usher, assisting Princess Elizabeth
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A short video of the then-Prince Philip of Greece and young Princess Elizabeth locking eyes at her cousin's wedding, in which she was a bridesmaid, sparked rumors of a potential romance between the two. The rumors would prove to be true, as the two were engaged by July of the following year.

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July 1947

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip announced their engagement in the summer of 1947. The future monarch was 21 at the time but had been in love with Philip since she was just a teenager.

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July 1947

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The couple shared their first dance in public at a ball at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 1947.

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November 1947

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day. Hulton Archive/Getty

The royals wed on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey.

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November 1947

British Royalty. London, England. 20th November 1947. Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh wave to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their marriage.
The newlyweds wave to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

It was shortly after the end of World War II, so Elizabeth used ration coupons to buy the material for her bridal gown, which was designed by Norman Hartnell.

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November 1947

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth
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They've only got eyes for each other! The pair looked at one another while posing for wedding photos with their family and members of European nobility.

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November 1947

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Then-Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, enjoyed a walk during their honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire.

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November 1947

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Another sweet photo of the pair on a walk during their honeymoon.

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August 1951

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The pair spent time together with their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, on the grounds of Clarence House in London.

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October 1951

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The two swung each other 'round and 'round while square dancing at a cowboy dress party during a royal tour of Canada.

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September 1955

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The couple's first child, son Prince Charles, was born in November 1948, and daughter Princess Anne followed in August 1950. Here, children are pushed on a swing by their father while their mother looks on.

See more of the best photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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June 1959

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip posed together for a photo on the grounds of Windsor Castle, accompanied by one of the monarch's beloved corgis.

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May 1961

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The pair smiled and waved as they left Liverpool after attending an ice show of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in May 1961.

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June 1961

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At Buckingham Palace during a banquet held in his honor, American President John F. Kennedy and his wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, posed with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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April 1967

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Queen Elizabeth awarded Prince Philip and Prince Charles with trophies after a polo match.

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September 1972

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The couple later added two more sons to their family: Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964. Here, they play with dogs together.

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Summer 1972

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This family photo taken at Balmoral Castle served as their 1972 Christmas card.

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September 1976

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip relaxed at Balmoral Castle with one of their dogs.

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February 1977

At the age of 95 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh today announced he was retiring from his official Royal duties after 70 years dedicated service to Britain and Her Majesty the Queen.
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The couple smiled during a visit to Fiji.

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February 1979

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip waved from the Royal Yacht Britannia in Kuwait.

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May 1979

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip sat on their thrones at the State Opening of Parliament.

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September 1979

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Another family photo at Balmoral.

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April 1982

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The couple shared a quick kiss at the airport in Ottawa, Canada, before Queen Elizabeth boarded a plane for London.

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October 1982

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The royal couple paid a visit to the island of Bau, near Suva, Fiji, during their royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

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July 1986

Queen Elizabeth & Philip In Carriage
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Queen Elizabeth and her husband rode in the royal carriage on their way to Westminster Abbey for the wedding of their son Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson.

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December 1999

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth
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The couple welcomed in the new millennium together on New Year's Eve 1999.

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July 2001

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The British royals met U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura (not pictured) at Buckingham Palace.

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August 2005

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip waited to receive the President of Malta, Dr. Edward Fenech-Adami, and his wife, Mary, at Balmoral Castle.

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June 2006

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The couple shared a laugh together while attending a service at St. Paul's Cathedral in celebration of the Queen's 80th birthday on June 15, 2006.

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November 2007

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The duo revisited Broadlands, their honeymoon destination, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary (60 years!).

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November 2007

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth
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They looked very much in love while posing for photos on the grounds. Broadlands was once home to Prince Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatton.

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April 2014

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth
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The couple laughed together while bidding farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at the end of their official visit at Windsor Castle.

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December 2016

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate Middleton got all dolled up to attend the Queen's Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace.

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April 2017

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip fed Donna the elephant during the opening of the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

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June 2018

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Although Philip retired from royal duty, he often joined his wife for special outings, such as that year's Royal Windsor Cup polo match.

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June 2020

The Queen And The Duke Of Edinburgh Release A Photograph To Celebrate The Duke's 99th Birthday
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Buckingham Palace shared a rare photo of the Duke of Edinburgh with Queen Elizabeth to mark his 99th birthday on June 10, 2020.

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November 2020

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The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary with a homemade anniversary card from great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Philip died on April 9, 2021; he was 99 years old.

See even more photos of them together through the years here.

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