Queen kept romantic item of Prince Philip’s at the beginning of their love story | Royal | News

Prince Philip and the Queen’s romance “flourished” during the Second World War, after Philip was sent aboard the HMS Ramillies to protect ship convoys in the Indian Ocean. According to a royal commentator, the separation strengthened the couple’s devotion, with the Queen keeping “his photo on her dressing table”. 

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said, “In 1940, with war underway, Philip joined HMS Ramillies in Colombo. He spent six month with the Royal Navy in the Indian Ocean.” 

“Throughout his time at sea, Elizabeth kept his photo on her dressing table and the couple’s courtship flourished through letters.” 

Prince Philip and the young Princess Elizabeth first met in 1939 after she visited the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. 

Philip was assigned to be her and her sister Margaret’s chaperone. They were third cousins through Queen Victoria and had a close connection through Lord Mountbatten, who was Philip’s uncle and a close friend and relative to the Royal Family. 

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Prince Philip was also a member of the Greek and Danish Royal Family. He had fled Greece along with family whilst he was a baby. 

The couple began to exchange letters after that first meeting, with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth becoming smitten with the naval officer. 

During the Second World War, Prince Philip served in the Mediterranean Fleet, participated in the Battle of Crete and saw service with the British Pacific Fleet. 

He was also present at Tokyo Bay when the Japanese Army signed their unconditional surrender. 

During a speech for their Golden Wedding Anniversary, the Queen described her husband as her “strength and stay” in a rare display of emotion. 

By the time of Prince Philip’s death on April 9, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had been married for over 73 years.

He passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle with the Queen at his bedside. 

His funeral took place on April 17 at St George’s Chapel under Covid-19 restrictions. In line with his wishes for a ‘fuss-free’ ceremony, the service was not a state occasion and honoured his military connections and dedication to the British Navy. 

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