Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal husband in British history and the oldest partner of a reigning monarch.
He will long be remembered for his outspoken nature, smile and goodness and for 65-years supporting actively her majesty.
Queen Elizabeth of England and her husband Prince Philip were married on the morning of November 20, 1947 in a lavish ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. She was 21 years old and a future heir to the throne, he, 26, renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles and converted to the Orthodox and Anglican religion for the marriage which took place 8 years after their first meeting. The fateful day was July 22, 1939 when a young Philip was given the task of entertaining the two princesses Elizabeth and Margater visiting Dartmouth Royal Naval College with their parents. It was love at first sight for the thirteen-year-old Elizabeth (it is said that the queen from that day kept a photo of the young Philip near her bed). The two began a long literary correspondence (not without some obstacles on the part of Elizabeth's father, King George VI who considered the young man too "rough" for his daughter) which culminated in an invitation for Philip to the 1943 Christmas party of the royal family. . Three years later he asked for her hand, and on 21 April 1947 (the Queen's 21st birthday) the upcoming wedding was publicly announced. The rest is known history. On that historic morning of November 20 73 years ago, the queen walked down the aisle in a stunning Norman Hartnell satin dress inspired by a botticellina gown and decorated with 10,000 pearls, tiny crystals and tulle embroidery. The tiara belonged to Queen Maira and was part of the Queen Mother's jewels (as is traditionally "something borrowed"). The marriage was observed (or heard on the radio) by over 200 million people around the world. A love that has survived decades of royal scandals, affairs of state and tumultuous changes in British society and the world; while the marriages of three of their children have failed, theirs continues to be the beacon of hope for an entire country.
Many have wished the royals a happy anniversary, but no one can ever beat the greeting card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louise: the three children in fact gave their great-grandparents a beautiful colorful greeting card.
Scroll through all the photos to see all the most beautiful photos of the two collected in recent years.