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With words laden with affection and warmth, Prince Philip told the then Princess Elizabeth how he had fallen in love with her “without reservation.”
The letter, written in 1946, a year before his wedding, was one of those revealed in Philip Eade’s 2011 book Young Prince Philip: His Troubled Early Life.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99, told the princess how falling in love with her so “completely” had made her that her personal problems and even the world’s “seem small and petty.”
He also found it difficult to express her feelings in words, and he described in another message after spending time together how he felt unable to “show you the gratitude that I feel.”
And he told the Queen Mother in the year of her daughter’s wedding to him that ‘Lilibet’ was ‘the only thing in this world that is absolutely real to me’.
The couple’s wedding, attended by a series of foreign kings and queens, captured the public’s imagination in the austere postwar days of November 1947.
The newlyweds were called the Fairy Princess and Prince Charming.
After honeymooning at Broadlands, Hampshire, home of Lord Mountbatten, and at Birkhall on the Balmoral estate in Scotland, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh stayed at Buckingham Palace until the renovation of his new home, near Clarence House, in 1949.
And in the years since then, both Felipe and the Queen have spoken affectionately in public.
Philip was there for the queen when his father, King George VI, died in February 1952.
Just six days before the death of her father, the then princess and Felipe had embarked on their Australian tour via Kenya.
According to Eade in his book, Philip said of the days after the king’s death that “there were a lot of people telling me what not to do.”
The Queen and Prince Philip greet onlookers from a vehicle at Clifford Park in Nassau in the Bahamas on February 28, 1966
The Queen and Prince Philip dance at a state ball in Valletta during a Commonwealth visit to Malta on November 16, 1967.
The queen and the duke shared an irreplaceable bond: united at key moments in history, witnessed from the point of view of a monarch and her consort. Upstairs on a farm on their Balmoral estate as they celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 1972
She added: ‘I had to try to support the Queen as best she could without getting in the way.
“The difficulty was finding things that could be useful.”
And according to an anecdote told by Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia, it is said that Felipe told the queen when she remembered her first meeting, in 1934, that “you were very shy.
I couldn’t get a word out of you.
The mischievous Philip, is also said to have joked with his wife on her coronation day in 1953, when she wore the 17th century Saint Edward crown, “where did you get that hat from?”
Prince Philip Quick and Facts
- Letter is among those revealed in Philip Eade’s 2011 book about Duke’s early life
- Philip told Princess Elizabeth in 1946 he had ‘completely’ fallen in love with her
- He also described how he felt incapable of ‘showing you the gratitude that I feel’
- And said to Queen Mother that ‘Lilibet’ was the only thing ‘absolutely real to me’