Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, first met as youths. And the future monarch would later fall in love with the handsome older naval officer at the age of 13. After the pair started writing to each other, a romance ensued that would go on to stand the test of time.
Despite the British royal family’s reservations about her suitor, Elizabeth and Philip married in 1947. And ever since Elizabeth became queen a few years later in 1953, Philip has been a constant presence at his wife’s side. As such, he’s supported her through the ups and downs that being a figurehead can bring.
One of Elizabeth and Philip’s finest achievements is without doubt their family. During their 70-year union, the couple have welcomed into the world four children, who in turn have given them eight grandkids. And as of May 2019 they also have eight great-grandchildren. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that the couple know all about family – not least because they themselves are blood relatives.