Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II married when she first became queen

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are already married before becoming queen. The two married in 1947, and in 1952 Rani assumed the throne. Stepping into such a big role proved to be an important adjustment for both of them – and this led to their marriage turning into a struggle, though they managed to get back on track. .

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip | Alastair Grant / AFP / Getty Images

Some people did not think Philippe was fit to marry the queen

When Queen and Philippe began dating, not everyone was sure about the matchup. Philip, who was born in Greece and was technically royalist, was banished from his home country as a child. Philip had a difficult childhood, after his father left and his mother underwent various health issues. As a result, she was sent around to boarding schools in various countries, giving her significantly less stability in her upbringing than the queen.

Although Philip grew up in the royal family, there was some uncertainty about the couple. According to the biography, the prince was seen as “foreign” and “poor”, which were two characteristics seen in the royal family at the time. Rani’s father requested that both of them keep their engagement to themselves till they are 21 years old.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at their wedding
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at their wedding. Keystone / Getty Images

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Royal rules and traditions put pressure on the couple’s marriage

After Philip and Queen’s marriage in 1947, several adjustments were to be made. Philip was now a royal, not just a royal – he was the husband of the future queen. He relinquished his Greek royal title and became known as Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh, among other titles.

When Queen Elizabeth stepped to the throne, things became even more complicated for Philip. According to tradition, he now had to walk several steps behind his wife. And he was disappointed that he could no longer pursue a career in the military. According to the biography, “I thought I was going to pursue a career in the Navy, but it is clear that there was no hope. There was no alternative.” These changes tested the couple’s marriage, as they were accustomed to Philip.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth with Prince Charles and Princess Anne
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth with Prince Charles and Princess Anne | Keystone / Houlton Archive / Getty Images

There are rumors that Philip cheated on his wife

During the couple’s wedding, there were rumors that Philip was unfaithful. In the 1950s, the prince was allegedly involved with an “unnamed woman” whom he met behind the queen’s back. There were further rumors that Philip was secretly having an affair with dancer Patricia Kirkwood while the queen was pregnant. Although the rumors never confirmed it ruined Kirkwood’s career.

The prince has always denied being involved with other women during his marriage. But royal affairs were common then – and some may say they still are.