Prince Philip’s reaction when King died and Elizabeth was to be Queen reveals EVERYTHING
PRINCE Philip’s immediate reaction upon hearing about the death of King George VI has been revealed in a Channel 4 documentary series about the Royal Family before and after Queen Elizabeth II took the throne.
A friend said that when Philip heard the news, he looked absolutely flattened
In a Channel 4 documentary series that looks into the lives of the Royal Family, it was uncovered that Prince Philip felt “like the world had collapsed on him” after he learned of his father-in-law’s demise.
The Royal House of Windsor starts by looking at the family prior to Queen Elizabeth and in the third episode, discusses how Philip adapted to his new life.
The narrator Gwilyn Lee mentioned how a friend of Philip’s described his initial reaction to the news of the King’s death.
Mr Lee said: “A friend said that when Philip heard the news, he looked absolutely flattened.
“Like the world had collapsed on him.”
Prior to Elizabeth taking the throne, Philip served in the Navy and was extremely successful.
According to the documentary, he was “a war hero” and a “decorated naval officer”.
Then, after his marriage to Elizabeth, he looked forward to a long career.
He was stationed in Malta where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was given command of his first ship, the HMS Magpie.
After taking over a visit to Australia and New Zealand with a stop enrolee in Kenya, the couple received news the King had died.
Historian Sarah Gristwood explained Philip was not expecting to have to end his career so quickly.
She said: “Although when he married Princess Elizabeth, he must’ve known that this moment would come, he can’t have expected it to come so soon.”
Author Philip Eade made similar comments to Ms Gristwood about how the death had caught him off guard.
He said: “He would have calculated when they got married, almost certainly, that they would have had 20 years at least, given George VI’s relatively young age.”
The historian later added: “It was, what, barely four years since the marriage? Now his naval career was over and he was going to spend the rest of his life walking four paces behind his wife.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK