Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip love story in pictures: Cutest moments together | Royal | News (Details)

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The love story of Philip and Elizabeth, who are distant cousins, began in 1939 when the young princess was just 13-years-old.

The couple met during a royal visit to his naval college in Dartmouth, it was love at first sight and they started to write to each other.

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Philip was invited to spend Christmas 1943 with the royal family at Windsor Castle and by the end of the war newspapers were speculating about romance.

Dashing, blond-haired, athletic 18-year-old Philip is said to have caught her eye as he entertained her by jumping over tennis nets.

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The king’s official biographer, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, recalled: “This was the man with whom Princess Elizabeth had been in love from their first meeting.”

The dashing young Greek prince and the 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947.

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The young couple welcomed the birth of Prince Charles in 1948 and Princess Anne in 1950.

On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen said: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”

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