Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, first met when they were both relatively young. At the age of just 13, in fact, the future monarch would come to fall in love with the more mature and handsome naval officer. And after the pair started writing to each other, a romance ensued that would go on to stand the test of time.
Then, despite the British royal family’s reservations, Elizabeth and Philip married in 1947. And after Elizabeth became queen in 1952, the duke became a constant presence by his wife’s side. Indeed, since then, he has seemingly supported her through the ups and downs that being a figurehead can bring.
And one of Elizabeth and Philip’s finest achievements is without doubt their family. During their more than 70-year union, the couple have welcomed four children into the world, who in turn have given them eight grandkids; as of May 2019 they also have eight great-grandchildren. With that in mind, then, it’s safe to say that the monarch and her husband know all about family – not least because they themselves are blood relatives.