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The love story of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is an epic one, with the pair spending more than seven decades of their lives together.
When the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99, he had been by Her Majesty’s side for 73 years, sharing four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – as well as eight grandchildren.
With a relationship spanning the best part of three-quarters of a century, some would argue the royal couple were destined for each other after meeting in their youth.
The Queen was just eight-years-old when she first laid eyes on the young Prince of Greece and Denmark, then 13, in 1934 at his cousin’s wedding.
It is thought the Queen was instantly taken to Philip’s ‘Viking’ good looks and turned ‘pink-faced’ when she saw him.
After their first meeting the pair became pen pals while Philip served in the Second World War. In 1947, two years after the War ended, they announced their engagement.
It was a short and sweet engagement with the couple marrying four months later in Westminster Abbey in November.
A year later in 1948, the couple welcomed their eldest child, Prince Charles. The following year, the family-of-three moved to Malta where they resided at Villa Guardamangia until 1951.
In 1952, Prince Philip broke the devastating news to the Queen that her father, King George VI, had passed away while the couple was visiting Kenya. The following year Philip played a key role in the Queen’s coronation as she aceeded the throne.
Over the next 11 years she and Philip expanded their family with their youngest child Edward, being born in 1964.
The Queen and Prince Philip became the ultimate team and hit several relationship milestones as the years passed, including golden, diamond and platinum wedding anniversaries.
They remained by each other’s sides until Prince Philip sadly passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99.
Here are the best photos of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh from a relationship that lasted almost eight decades:
1934: Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten meet for the first time
Princess Elizabeth (second from right) was just a child the first time she ever met the then Prince Philip of Greece (pictured as a child with her mother, father and sister Princess Margaret)
Princess Elizabeth, then just eight years old, meets Prince Philip of Greece, then 13, for the first time at the wedding of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina on 29 November. Elizabeth is said to be taken by Philip’s ‘Viking’ good looks.
1937: Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten both attend King George VI’s coronation
Princess Elizabeth (centre) waves to crowds at the coronation of her father, King George VI
The future Queen and Philip Mountbatten are both present at the coronation of Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, at Westminster Abbey.
1939: The couple meet again at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
First encounter: Naval cadet Philip plays croquet with 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth at Dartmouth College in 1939
Corfu-born Philip Mountbatten and Princess Elizabeth meet again at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, which is where it is said sparks first flew between the pair.
By now, Philip is 18 and about to graduate from the College, while Elizabeth is 13 years old.
While the age gap is still too wide for the pair to form a relationship, Elizabeth is said to become ‘pink-faced’ around athletic Philip.
Marion Crawford, Elizabeth’s nanny at the time, wrote that the young princess ‘never took her eyes off’ Philip during the visit.
1939-45: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip become pen pals during Second World War
The bearded Prince serving on HMS Valiant in the war — the ship came under heavy fire in the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941
Philip Mountbatten is stationed in Greece and Sicily as part of the Mediterranean Fleet in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
As war raged throughout Europe, Philip and Elizabeth write to each other regularly and become pen pals.
1946: Prince Philip returns to the UK after the war
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and her fiance, Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace, after their engagement was announced
Following six years stationed around Europe, in Canada and in Japan throughout the Second World War, during which time he remained in touch with Elizabeth, Philip Mountbatten finally returns to the UK.
By now the pair have fallen madly in love. According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, Philip writes a letter to his beau declaring: ‘To have been spared in the war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to re-adjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes all one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty.’
1946: Prince Philip asks for King George VI’s blessing to propose to Elizabeth
Photograph shows Princess Elizabeth, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, her then fiance, her mother, then Queen Elizabeth, now the Queen Mother, and her father, King George VI
Shortly after his return to the UK, Prince Philip visited Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, to ask for his eldest daughter’s hand in marriage.
Techincally the young Prince does not have enough titles to be eligible to marry an heir to the throne – but King George is said to like charismatic Philip and gives his blessing.
1946: Prince Philip proposes to Princess Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth with her fiancee, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement by her father King George VI
After spending a month holidaying in Balmoral with Elizabeth and her family, Prince Philip pops the question. He presents her with a ring designed by London Jeweler Philip Antrobus, made with diamonds from the Queen Mother’s tiara.
July 1947: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip announce their engagement
Princess Elizabeth, Britain’s future queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten are seen at Buckingham Palace following their engagement in November 1947
Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten announce their engagement to the world the following year, according to King George VI’s wishes.
He had previously asked the young prince to wait until Elizabeth had turned 21 to make the engagement public.
The couple share an engagement portrait to mark the occasion, while the press dubs their relationship a clear love match, as opposed to an arranged marriage.
19 November 1947: Prince Philip becomes the Duke of Edinburgh
Princess Elizabeth poses with her husband, the newly-titled Duke of Edinburgh, on their wedding day
The day before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip assumed the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
He was also given the titles Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London.
20 November 1947: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip marry at Westminster Abbey
Britain’s Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen – and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace in London
Elizabeth and Prince Philip marry at Westminster Abbey – but the ceremony is smaller than many expect.
After seeing the horrors of war, Philip asks that the wedding party is less extravagant so as not to be insensitive to the country’s people.
With just 150 guests – which is considered small for a royal wedding – the couple tie the knot and have a luncheon at Buckingham Palace.
November 1947: Prince Philip gives up smoking for the Queen
Queen Elizabeth II – then Princess Elizabeth – and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day. She became queen on her father King George VI’s death in 1952
On the day he marries Princess Elizabeth, the newly-titled Duke of Edinburgh vows to give up smoking for his wife.
Put off the habit by her father, King George VI’s addiction, Elizabeth does not like to see Philip smoking – so he decides to kick the habit for good.
November 1947: The couple honeymoon in Broadlands
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, on honeymoon, photographed in the grounds of Broadlands looking at their wedding photographs, on November 23, 1947
After their relatively low-key wedding, Philip and Elizabeth go on their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire.
They spend time on the estate of Viscount Mountbatten – Prince Philip’s uncle.
1947: King George VI writes letter to Princess Elizabeth after she marries Prince Philip
The Royal Collection Trust has given an adorable glimpse into Her Majesty’s childhood after revealing a handwritten letter to her parents in 1937. She is pictured with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1932
The monarch at the time writes a touching letter to his eldest daughter after she marries the love of her life asking her not to forget her ‘Papa’.
He writes: ‘I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip which is right but don’t forget us.’
November 1948: Prince Charles is born
The infant Prince Charles is pictured in the lap of his mother, the then Princess Elizabeth, with his father Prince Philip in 1948
After a year of marriage, Elizabeth gives birth to Prince Charles, the couple’s eldest child and heir to the throne.
He is born at 9.14pm on 14 November at Buckingham Palace.
1948: Newlyweds Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip take a trip to Paris
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip take a boat tour of the River Seine in Paris – a city where they are warmly welcomed despite lots of anti-royal sentimentt
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh take a trip to Paris where they are welcomed by locals, despite a strong republican undercurrent running through the city.
While visiting the city the royal couple are pictured taking in the sights on a boat trip along the River Seine.
1949: The family moves to Malta
Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, shortly after their arrival in Malta
The Duke of Edinburgh is stationed in Malta with the Mediterranean Fleet after being made second in command of HMS Chequers.
He moves his family to Villa Guardamangia, which is owned by his uncle Lord Mountbatten.
August 1950: Princess Anne is born
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral in September 1952
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is born at Clarence House in the City of Westminster, London.
The second child of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh is born at 11.50am on 15 August.
1949-1951: Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh spend time between Malta and the UK
Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921 – 2021) at the Villa Guardamangia in Malta
Now a family of four, their time is spent between Malta and the UK, where Charles often stays with his grandparents. Lady Pamela Hicks, one of Elizabeth’s bridesmaids, tells of the then-Princess’s love for Malta.
She says family life was ‘endless picnics, sunbathing and water skiing’ and the anonymity of being abroad allows Elizabeth to be a royal naval officer’s wife, as opposed to a future monarch.
While living in Malta Elizabeth is allowed to handle cash for the first time, and has the freedom to drive herself around.
1951: The Queen and Prince Philip visit Ottawa, Canada
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip take part in some line dancing in Canada
The royal couple travel to Canada as part of their royal tour in the autumn.
While visiting the country’s capital city, Ottawa, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh take part in a square dance that has been arranged for them by Governor General Viscount Alexander.
1951: The family moves back to the UK to live in Clarence House
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House
After two years in Malta Elizabeth returns to the UK where her father King George VI is in declining health. The family moves into Clarence House.
In order to return to England, the Duke of Edinburgh takes ‘indefinite leave’ from the Royal Navy and supports his wife as her father’s health declines.
February 1952: Elizabeth accedes the throne after the death of King George VI
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (behind) arrive in Nairobi for their Commonwealth Tour in 1952, where Elizabeth receives the news of her father’s death
On 6 February 1952 after a long period of ill health, King George VI dies and his eldest daughter becomes Queen Elizabeth II.
At the time of her father’s death the Queen, 25, is in Kenya with her husband Philip. It is reported that the Duke of Edinburgh learns about King George’s death first, before breaking the news to his wife.
1953: Queen Elizabeth II coronated
Whoops: A shared rare moment of levity at the Coronation after the Queen almost forgot her orb
On 2 June 1953 Queen Elizabeth II is officially coronated at Westminster Abbey.
In the months leading up to the ceremony, the Duke of Edinburgh assumes the role of chairman of the coronation commission.
In his role, he argues for the coronation to be broadcast on TV – which receives strong opposition from Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Nonetheless, the Queen comes around to the idea and the coronation ceremony is broadcast.
1953: The Queen and Prince Philip visit Jamaica during royal tour of the Caribbean
The royal couple at Jamaica’s Sabina Park, home of the country’s cricket team on the 1953 tour
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit several Caribbean countries during a royal tour and are pictured waving to locals from a car in Jamaica.
Many decades in the future their grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will recreate the photo on their own Caribbean tour – which is met with severe criticism.
1957: The Queen visits the USA for the first time after being coronated with Prince Philip by her side
Dwight D. Eisenhower: During her first state visit to America in 1957, now a Queen, she met Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington D.C.
For the first time since her coronation the Queen, now 31, visits America where she is hosted by President Dwight Eisenhower.
Staying in the White House, the Queen and Prince Philip reside in separate bedrooms. While the Queen is placed in the Rose Bedroom, Prince Philip stays in the Lincoln Bedroom.
1957: The Queen and Prince Philip are separated as he travels to Antarctica
Buckingham Palace have shared rare photographs of Prince Philip including from his expedition to Antarctica in the 1950s (pictured) to mark Prince William’s new patronage from his grandfather
The Duke of Edinburgh embarks on a world tour between 1956 and 1957 meaning he and the Queen are separated for weeks at a time.
During this period Prince Philip visits Antarctica and becomes the first member of the Royal Family to cross the Antarctic Circle.
While visiting Antarctica the Duke is photographed with Adelie penguins at the Penguin Rookery Base.
1957: The Palace issues a statement denying a ‘rift’ between the Queen and Prince Philip after rumours swirl
Penny Romsey and Prince Philip were close for several decades (pictured in 1975). Buckingham Palace and the Duke of Edinburgh himself consistently denied rumours of infidelity
The Baltimore Sun reports that Prince Philip is ‘romantically involved’ with another woman he met through a photographer.
As rumours of trouble within the marriage begin to swirl Buckingham Palace issues a statement denying they are having problems.
A spokesperson says: ‘It is quite untrue that there is any rift between the queen and the Duke.’
February 1960: Prince Andrew is born
One of the first pictures of the new born Prince Andrew shows the baby in the Queen Elizabeth II’s arms, 22 March 1960 in Buckingham Palace
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s third child, Andrew, is born at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Andrew is born at 3.30pm on February 19, 1960. He becomes second in line to the throne.
1960: The Queen issues an Order in the Privy Council to give all direct descendants the surname Mountbatten-Windsor
The Queen and Prince Philip wave from royal train carriage in 1960
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh want to distinguish their own direct descendants from the rest of the Royal Family, maintaining the name Windsor but including Philip’s Mountbatten.
It is declared in 1960 that the Queen’s descendants will carry the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
1961: The Queen and Prince Philip make a state visit to India
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, India
The royal couple visit India where they tour Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, Calcutta and Chennai.
They are greeted as guests of honour at the Republic Day celebrations and they also enjoy a few rounds of hunting during the trip.
June 1961: The Queen and Prince Philip host John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy at Buckingham Palace
Brave new world: The Queen and Prince Philip meet America’s charismatic new young President John F. Kennedy and his glamorous wife Jackie in 1961
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh invite US President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie to Buckingham Palace on a state visit.
At the time, they are two of the most famous and recognised couples in the world. It is rumoured that Jackie Kennedy ruffled feathers in the Palace after seeming unimpressed by the décor and the Queen’s personal style.
March 1964: Prince Edward is born
1965: Queen Elizabeth II and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their children (right to left); Charles Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne
The Queen’s fourth and youngest child, Edward, is born at Buckingham Palace, like his older brothers.
Prince Edward is born at 8.20pm on 10 March 1964.
1967: The Queen and Prince Philip return to Malta on a state visit
The Queen and Prince Philip, dancing at a state ball at the palace in Valletta during a Commonwealth Visit to Malta in 1967
The royal couple return to their beloved Malta for a state visit in 1967 where they attend a state ball at the palace in Valetta.
A beautiful photo shows the Duke of Edinburgh leading his wife in a dance in the ballroom.
1969: Prince Philip invites a film crew into family life to produce The Royal Family documentary
A royal biographer has claimed the Queen considered the documentary ‘a triumph’
The Duke of Edinburgh chairs an advisory committee which oversees the first ever film providing an insight into the royal family’s life.
The film, produced in collaboration between the BBC and ITV, is viewed worldwide by around 350 million people.
November 1972: The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their silver wedding anniversary
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pose for a portait to commemorate their 25th silver wedding anniversary at Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and release a group photo taken at Balmoral including the House of Windsor.
A commemorative coin is issued by the Royal Mint to mark the occasion.
November 1972: The Queen and Prince Philip take a private trip to Balmoral
Prince Philip and the Queen celebrating their Silver Wedding anniversary at Balmoral in 1972
The Queen and Prince Philip keep their anniversary celebrations low-key as they visit Balmoral.
They are pictured sharing a joke together while they enjoy private time to mark their silver wedding anniversary.
14 November 1973: The Queen and Prince Philip’s daughter Anne marries Mark Phillips
Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips in Buckingham Palace with members of their families after their wedding. L to R: Mark Philips parents, Prince Edward, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, The Queen, Prince Philip, The Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the wedding of their only daughter, Princess Anne, and Mark Phillips, at Westminster Abbey.
The wedding takes place on the same day as Prince Charles’s birthday and is televised to the world.
1977: The Queen and Prince Philip take a tour of Commonwealth countries to mark the Silver Jubilee
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh pictured during the Thanksgiving service in St. Paul’s Cathedral, held as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977
Taking a mammoth tour of Commonwealth countries from as far away as New Zealand to close-to-home Scotland, the Queen and Prince Philip mark the 25th Silver Jubilee.
29 July 1981: The Queen and Prince Philip’s eldest son Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of their eldest child, Prince Charles, and Lady Diana Spencer.
The ceremony is held on 29 July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral. There are 3,500 guests in attendance and it is watched around the world by 750 million people.
October 1982: The Queen and Prince Philip take a tour of the South Pacific
Prince Philip smiles at his wife the Queen while they sit down after their arrival in Kiribati, during their South Pacific tour, on 23 October 1982.
The Queen and her husband visit Australia, Fiji the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu as part of a royal tour.
The Solomon Islands became an independent state in 1978 but have retained the Queen as head of State.
23 July 1986: The Queen and Prince Philip’s second son Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson
The Queen (pictured right with Prince Philip) attends the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Also pictured – the Queen Mother (centre) and Prince Charles and Princess Diana (left)
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of their son Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Andrew’s best man was his younger brother Edward, while his older brother Prince Charles read a lesson during the service.
Christmas 1988: The Royal Family spends Christmas at Sandringham for the first time
Precious family moments: Newly unearthed photographs capture the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh surrounded by their children and grandchildren on family outings to church more than 30 years ago. Pictured left to right: Sarah Ferguson, Princess Diana, Prince Andrews, Peter Phillips, Prince Charles, Prince Edward (just seen), Zara Phillips (in front), Prince Philip, Prince William (in red, in front), Princess Anne, Mark Phillips, Princess Margaret and the Queen on Christmas Day in 1988
For the first time, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh invite their family to spend Christmas at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk to celebrate the festive period.
Until now Christmas had always been spent at Windsor Castle, but due to the residence being re-wired a change of location is in order.
1994: The Queen and Prince Philip visit Russia for the first time after the fall of the Soviet Union
Historical: The Queen talks to President Boris Yeltsin in the Kremlin on October 18 1994 as the first British Sovereign to visit the Russian State
The Queen makes her first ever visit to Russia and is accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.
The royal couple are hosted by Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia since the USSR was dismantled.
1994: The Queen and Prince Philip mark the 50th anniversary of D-Day
The Queen and Prince Philip host US President Bill Clinton at a memorial service and dinner in Portsmouth to mark 50 years since the D Day landings
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a memorial service to mark 50 years since the Normandy landings.
They host US President Bill Clinton at a dinner commemorating those who served.
1995: The Queen and Prince Philip visit South Africa at the end of Apartheid and are hosted by Nelson Mandela
The Queen is said to have enjoyed a friendly relationship with South African President Nelson Mandela
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit South Africa after the end of Apartheid in the nation. They are hosted by new President Nelson Mandela.
During the trip, the royal couple ignore security advice not to visit black townships and meet residents.
The Queen is given the new title Motlalepula, which means Rain Queen.
31 August 1997: Princess Diana dies in car accident
The Queen and Prince Philip look at floral tributes to Diana left outside Buckingham Palace on the eve of her funeral
After a car accident in Paris Princess Diana passes away at the age of 36.
The ex-wife of The Queen and Prince Philip’s eldest son Charles, Her Majesty speaks directly to the nation in a televised speech.
She says: ‘I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being.
‘In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness.’
6 November 1997: The Queen and Prince Philip attend Princess Diana’s funeral
The saddest procession: The Duke, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles walk behind the carriage carrying Princess Diana’s coffin on September 6, 1997
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh fulfil their positions as heads of the royal family as they look after their grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who are just 15 and 12 at the time of their mother’s death.
The Duke of Edinburgh walks behind Princess Diana’s coffin as part of the funeral procession.
19 November 1997: Prince Philip makes golden wedding anniversary speech at Guildhall
The Queen and Prince Philip attend a luncheon hosted by the Lord Mayor of London to mark their golden wedding anniversary and the Duke of Edinburgh makes a speech
At a luncheon hosted by the Lord Mayor of London Prince Philip marks his 50th wedding anniversary with a speech.
He reflects on the couple’s ‘partnership in marriage’ throughout their time together – and notes 50 years have flown by.
Paying tribute to his children he says: ‘Like all families, we went through the full range of the pleasures and tribulations of bringing up children.
‘I am, naturally, somewhat biased, but I think our children have all done rather well under very difficult and demanding circumstances and I hope I can be forgiven for feeling proud of them.’
20 November 1997: The Queen makes golden wedding anniversary speech at Banqueting House
The Queen and Prince Philip attend several events to mark their golden wedding anniversary
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate 50 years of marriage with a luncheon at the Banqueting House in London attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
During the luncheon the Queen makes a speech honouring her husband of five decades, describing their union as ‘a remarkable fifty years’.
She says: ‘[Prince Philip] is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.’
19 June 1999: The Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son Edward marries Sophie Rhys-Jones
The Queen (pictured left wearing lilac) and Prince Philip (pictured front and right) attend the wedding of their youngest son Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of their youngest son Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones.
As they marry, they become the Earl of Wessex and Sophie Wessex. The wedding is held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
In the context of a royal wedding it is a relatively low-key affair at the wishes of Edward and Sophie, with no ceremonial state or military involvement.
1 January 2000: The Queen and Prince Philip mark the new millennium
Down the hatch: The Duke watches in admiration as the Queen takes a hearty sip of champagne as they see in the new millennium on December 31, 1999
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh mark the new millennium at the Millennium Dome in north Greenwich.
The couple raise a glass to see in the year 2000 at midnight on New Year’s Day as the officially open the building – which will later become a concert venue.
15 February 2002: Funeral is held for Princess Margaret
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the funeral of Princess Margaret, who died at the age of 71 following a stroke
After Princess Margaret passes away at the age of 71 following a stroke her funeral is held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend, as does the Queen Mother, who is 101 and in poor health herself.
9 April 2002: Funeral is held for the Queen Mother
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the funeral of the Queen Mother who passed away at the age of 101
After her death at the age of 101 on 30 March, the funeral is held for the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey.
Prior to the funeral, which is attended by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother’s body lays in state for four days.
June 2002: The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and praises Prince Philip in her speech
The Queen speaks at the Guildhall to mark her Golden Jubilee and pays tribute to Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II speaks at the Guildhall to mark her Golden Jubilee and 50 years on the throne.
In her speech, she says: ‘I take this opportunity to mention the strength I draw from my own family.
‘The Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past fifty years, as he has to so many charities and organisations with which he has been involved.’
2004: Gyles Brandreth interviews Prince Philip, who denies any instance of infidelity
Prince Philip was a long-time friend of Gyles Brandreth (far right) who wrote a book about his marriage
As author and former conservative MP Gyles Brandreth publishes Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage, he addresses the rumours of affairs had by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Brandreth quotes the Duke as saying: ‘How could I [be unfaithful]? I’ve had a detective in my company, night and day, since 1947.’
8 April 2005: The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the royal blessing of Prince Charles and Camilla
The Queen and Prince Philips eldest son Charles marries Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil ceremony.
The pair later have a religious blessing of the marriage at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, which is attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as well as Charles’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
2006: The Queen celebrates her 80th birthday
The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh leave a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, to mark her 80th birthday and his 85th birthday
The monarch enjoys several celebrations to mark her 80th birthday including a dinner hosted by Prince Charles on 21 April.
She and Prince Philip, along with other members of the Royal Family, attend a special service of thanksgiving on 23 April at St Paul’s Cathedral.
2007: The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Malta
Up to old tricks! Prince Philip sneaks up on newsreader Romilly Weeks and makes her jump on camera while she reports on his trip to Malta with the Queen
The Queen, now 81, and Prince Philip, 86, mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a return trip to Malta, where they lived during their early days of marriage.
Hundreds of Maltese residents line the streets of Valetta to welcome the royal couple back to their second home.
They mark the occasion by meeting with other married couples who also tied the knot in 1947.
While TV crews report on the royal couple’s trip, Prince Philip shows off his trademark sense of humour by creeping up on newsreader Romilly Weeks while on camera.
2007: The Queen and Prince Philip return to Broadlands in diamond anniversary year
Enduring love: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh appear still very much in love at Broadlands
The royal couple take a trip to Broadlands, Hampshire as part of their 60th wedding anniversary celebrations.
The trip marks a return to their honeymoon spot after they married in 1947.
2010: The Queen and Prince Philip visit Canada and celebrate Canada Day
Mixed reaction: As a dancer throws some moves in front of the royal couple, the Queen does not seem to share the same enthusiasm as her husband Prince Philip
The royal couple travel to Canada, marking the Queen’s 22nd visit to the country.
While there, they celebrate Canada Day on 1 July, which marks the anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Speaking in Nova Scotia, the Queen says: ‘It is very good to be home.’
29 April 2011: The Queen and Prince Philip’s grandson William marries Kate Middleton
Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry greet crowd of admirers from the balcony of Buckingham Palace
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of their grandson Prince William, who is heir to the throne.
The wedding ceremony is held at Westminster Abbey and watched worldwide by 162 million people.
William’s best man is his younger brother, Prince Harry, while the newly-titled Duchess of Cambridge’s maid of honour is her sister Pippa.
30 July 2011: The Queen and Prince Philip’s granddaughter Zara Phillips marries Mike Tindall
Queen Elizabeth II departs for the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk
The royal couple travel to Edinburgh to attend the wedding of granddaughter Zara Phillips and rugby player Mike Tindall.
The wedding is a relatively low-key affair for a royal ceremony, with 400 guests in attendance.
However, around 6000 royal fans gather on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of the bride on her way to the venue, Canongate Kirk.
June 2012: The Queen and Prince Philip attend the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the River Thames
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II aboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012
Braving wet and windy conditions that are characteristic of British summer time, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the river pageant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Philip, a former naval officer, is said to have insisted on a water-borne tribute to his wife’s 60 years on the throne.
However, the Duke of Edinburgh, then 91, missed the rest of the celebrations after being hospitalised with a bladder infection.
2015: The Queen and Prince Philip return to Malta on state visit
The then-Maltese president Marie Louise Coleiro presented the Queen and the duke with a watercolour of Villa Guardamangia during the trip (pictured)
The royal couple return to their former home of Malta for a three-day state visit.
Sadly, bad weather on the island means many of the duties they are planned to carry out have to be moved last-minute to indoor locations.
April 2017: The Duke of Edinburgh announces retirement from public duties
Prince Philip announces his retirement from public life in 2017 at the age of 96
Prince Philip retires from royal duties and steps back from public life at the age of 96.
Buckingham Palace says the Duke of Edinburgh’s decision has the ‘full support’ of the Queen.
At one of the Duke’s final public appearances, mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah tells him: ‘I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down.’
Prince Philip wittily replies: ‘Well I can’t stand up much longer.’
2017: Prince Philip moves to Wood Farm, Sandringhan
Prince Philip, pictured shortly after his retirement from public life, moved to Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate
The Queen and Prince Philip are separated as he moves to Wood Farm in Sandringham, Norfolk, while she remains in Windsor.
It is reported he spends most of his time out of the public eye relaxing and painting watercolours.
November 2017: The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh appeared in a new portrait to mark their platinum wedding anniversary
On 20 November 2017 the Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary, marking 70 years of marriage.
The bells of their wedding venue Westminster Abbey ring out and the Royal Mail issues six commemorative stamps to mark the occasion – but for the family itself, the celebration is a private affair.
The couple attend a private dinner with their close family and friends at Windsor Castle.
November 2017: The Queen and Prince Philip do not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph for the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at the 2017 Remembrance Service, The Cenotaph, London
The Queen and Prince Philip do not lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Instead, the royal couple watch the ceremony from the balcony of the Foreign Office.
Instead, Prince Charles lays the floral tribute and the Duke of Edinburgh’s equerry.
Prince Charles will take her place in laying the floral tribute on behalf of the nation, along with the Duke of Edinburgh’s equerry.
November 2017: Prince Philip attends the Festival of Remembrance with the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall
Prince Philip comes out of retirement to attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2017
Although he retired just a few months ago, the Duke of Edinburgh makes a public appearance at the Royal Albert Hall to attend the Festival of Remembrance with his wife.
He pays his respects to those who have died in service.
19 May 2018: The Queen and Prince Philip’s grandson Harry marries Meghan Markle
An official wedding photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are pictured sitting to the left of the bride and groom
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of their grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
To mark the occasion, the Queen loans Meghan (who becomes the Duchess of Suzzex) a family heirloom, Queen Mary’s tiara.
The bride wears the tiara to accessorise her gown which is designed by Clare Waight Keller.
12 October 2018: The Queen and Prince Philip’s granddaughter Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank
The Duke of Edinburgh stood beside his wife on Princess Eugenie’s wedding day as the Royal Family awaited the arrival of the open carriage
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of their granddaughter, Princess Eugenie.
Just a few months after her cousin Harry married Meghan Markle at the same venue, Eugenie marries her fiancé and long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
18 May 2019: The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston
Something funny? Prince Harry appeared to get a laugh out of both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as he chatted to them at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston
Almost a year to the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, the Queen and Prince Philip attend another royal wedding at the venue.
Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, marries Thomas Kingston in a private ceremony.
March 2020: Prince Philip is reunited with the Queen before Covid lockdown
The Queen is pictured leaving Buckingham Palace for Windsor ahead of the first Covid lockdown in March 2020
As the Covid-19 pandemic spirals out of control and a national lockdown looks more and more likely, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen come back together.
Prince Philip is flown by helicopter from the Sandringham estate to Windsor.
The Queen also leaves Buckingham Palace in London with her corgis in tow to travel to Windsor, where she is reunited with her husband.
June 2020: The Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 99th birthday
The Queen and Prince Philip, pictured in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, were reunited shortly before the Covid lockdown
Buckingham Palace releases a rare portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip to mark his 99th birthday while the country is under the grip of Covid-19.
Taken in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, the Queen is dressed in a light floral dress with a string of pearls while the couple smile together.
17 July 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip’s granddaughter Beatrice marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
The Queen and Prince Philip attend the wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and pose for a socially-distanced photo
Despite Covid restrictions the Queen and Prince Philip are able to attend the wedding of their granddaughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
In an intimate ceremony with just 20 guests, Beatrice wore a vintage wedding gown once worn by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to marry Edoardo.
November 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary, which will be their last
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, looking at their homemade wedding anniversary card, given to them by their great grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, ahead of their 73rd wedding anniversary
In what is to be their final wedding anniversary celebration the Queen and Prince Philip issue a heartwarming photo to mark the occasion.
The photo shows the royal couple looking at an anniversary card made for them by their great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
9 April 2021: Prince Philip dies
Philip has served Britain since his youth and the world is mourning his death at Windsor Castle today, with the Royal Family releasing this photo and tribute shortly after his death
Buckingham Palace announces that the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99 on 9 April 2021. The country enters a period of mourning.
The statement reads: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband.’
The union of the Queen and Prince Philip is the longest of any sovereign in British history.
9 April 2022: The Royal Family pays tribute to Prince Philip on first anniversary of his death
The Royal Family shares a poem to mark the first anniversary of Prince Philip’s death
The Royal Family shares a poem written by the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, to mark the first anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
The poem is entitled The Patriarchs: An Elegy and pays homage to Prince Philip’s days in the Royal Navy.
17 April 2021: Prince Philip’s funeral is held at Westminster Abbey
Alone in grief, the Queen sat on the opposite side of the church as she says goodbye to her husband at his funeral in extraordinary and poignant circumstances due to the pandemic
The Queen attends the funeral of her husband in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Due to Covid restrictions, only 30 guests were allowed to attend the funeral – although the Duke had indicated before his death that he wanted a smaller funeral ceremony.
As he had indicated for minimal ‘fuss’ before his death Philip’s body does not lie in state before the funeral.
Abiding by Covid regulations, the Queen sits alone and socially distanced during the funeral.
Christmas 2021: The Queen pays tribute to Prince Philip in Christmas Day address to the nation
The Queen has delivered her most personal Christmas message ever today. Speaking from Windsor Castle, the 95-year-old monarch paid a moving tribute to her ‘beloved Philip’, who died aged 99 in April
Speaking in her annual Christmas Day address to the nation the Queen opens with a montage of photos of Prince Philip, in her first Christmas since he passed away.
In a year when so many people have lost loved ones in the pandemic, the monarch pays tribute to families missing someone on Christmas Day.
She says: ‘For me in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work.’
The monarch pays tribute to her late husband’s ‘sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation’.
March 2022: Memorial service held for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew arrive for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London
As the first anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death approaches a large memorial service of 1800 people is held at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen and her family attend, as well as leading UK politicians including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer.
During the service Prince Philip is remembered as a ‘remarkable man’ who supported ‘down-to-earth’ causes.