They’ve lived as man and wife for more than seven decades, but prior to their meeting Elizabeth and Philip’s backgrounds were quite different. She experienced a stable upbringing with all the usual royal privileges. However, he was a poor prince who’d been exiled from his native Greece when he was just a child.
Philip moved first to France but was eventually raised by one of his grandmothers in the United Kingdom. His childhood was subsequently pretty ordinary, and he reportedly performed menial tasks such as washing plates and operating boilers during his childhood. And following his education, in 1939 he joined the British Royal Navy at the tender age of 18.
It was also around this time that Philip embarked on his romance with Elizabeth, although they had first encountered each other some years prior. Their initial introduction reportedly occurred in 1934 at a royal wedding. They crossed paths once more a few years later, but it would be at their third meeting in 1939 that Elizabeth would finally fall for Philip.