Even after they became parents, "the Queen would be running up the stairs and he’d be chasing her up the stairs like teenagers."
At the age of 27, Queen Elizabeth II stepped into the shoes of her father and ascended to the throne to become the head of the British royal family. Since then, the one person who always stood beside her through the turbulences of royal life was her husband, Prince Philip. Married for nearly seven and a half decades, Prince Philip was known for chasing the Queen around like they were teenagers and for telling her she looked lovely before she made a public appearance.
"He would boost the Queen’s ego by telling her how lovely she looked on their way to an engagement. He knew how to bring the best out of a woman, and I am sure his advice and encouragement to her were paramount in their relationship," Prudence Penn, the Queen's lady-in-waiting, told Tatler.
It was on June 2, 1953, when then-Princess Elizabeth was crowned to become the Queen, according to History. And now, years later, she is the longest-reigning living monarch in the world, whereas Prince Philip became British history's longest-serving consort before his death in April 2021. "To my mind, the Duke of Edinburgh was a heaven-sent consort for Her Majesty in every way," Penn told Tatler.
Only a few have seen the royal couple behind closed doors. And some have revealed that they had a chemistry that they kept alive after becoming parents as well. "There was a story, even after they had three children -maybe even four - they used to regularly go down to Broadlands where they honeymooned, and there was a butler there who used to work for Mountbatten, and he said it was all very frisky when they were down there," said royal author Robert Johnson, as quoted by Daily Star. "This butler said that the Queen would be running up the stairs and he’d be chasing her up the stairs like teenagers."
"I think there was a chemistry which was always there," Johnson added. Days after Prince Philip's death in April, the Queen celebrated her 95th birthday—the first one she spent without her husband after 73 years of being married to him. Although it was a period of mourning, the Queen revealed that she was able to see immense love pouring in for her husband at the time.
In a statement she released on the occasion of her 95th birthday, the Queen said, as quoted by ABC News, "While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world. My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."
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