The magnificent wedding of the heir to the throne and the Royal Navy Lieutenant took place on November 20 in Westminster Abbey. Philip even quit smoking because of his bride the morning before the party.
Philip said shortly after the wedding: “My desire to transform our lives into a newly formed life can not only withstand all the pitfalls that target us, but will only bring goodness to everyone around us.”
The officer and his wife, the Queen, and her husband
The young couple spent the first years of their marriage in Malta, where Philip continued his remarkable career in the navy, and for the first time in her life, Princess Elizabeth tasted life beyond the reach of the court. Both later remember their years in Malta as the happiest time of their lives.
However, the love of the family ended very quickly when King George VI died on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth automatically became queen. Philip unfortunately announced to his wife the sad news that had definitely changed their lives. The new royal couple immediately returned to London from Kenya, where they were currently staying. A new life began for them.
While Philip had rejoiced in previous years that whatever they were doing with Elizabeth, they were doing it together, he now had to go back to the background. He was not privy to official matters, nor did he have access to government documents that Elizabeth examined daily.
As the Queen’s husband, he also had to give up his career in the Navy, and he could barely look for areas in which he could provide for his wife but not hold her back. It was difficult for a man who used the “verb” to put the queen’s wife in her shoes.