The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, have been married for 73 years – the longest relationship of any British sovereign.
Princess Elizabeth was just 21-years-old when she married 26-year-old Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.
Philip has been at the Queen’s side throughout the decades during her role as head of state.
In a speech marking their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen said: “He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
Even though they have been married for more than 73 years, their relationship goes much farther back.
They knew each other from childhood, and are actually related through blood lineage.
They are third cousins – and are both directly related to Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria had nine children, and most of them married into other royal families across the world.
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Her Majesty is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria on her father’s side, while Philip on his mother’s side.
To be more specific – Queen Elizabeth II is the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest son was Prince Edward, his second-eldest son became King George V – Elizabeth’s grandfather.
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Meanwhile, Queen Victoria’s second daughter, Princess Alice, had a child called Victoria.
Victoria and Prince Louis of Battenberg named their first child Alice – who was Phillip’s mother.
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