That same year, their romance blossomed, so much so that they secretly got engaged. The duo would marry on November 20, 1947, in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey.
Although Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had their fair share of ups and downs throughout their marriage, their connection was unique. To mark her 50th birthday in 1997, the queen commended her husband with a moving tribute.
“He’s someone who doesn’t take compliments easily, but he’s just been my strength and support for all these years,” she shared, according to Fashion. “I, all of his family and this and many other countries owe him a greater debt than he would ever claim or we will ever know.”
Take a look at the couple’s decades-long love story below.