THE QUEEN and Prince Philip have been married for nearly 72 years. But since the Duke’s retirement from royal life the couple reportedly spend more time apart. Here’s why the Queen and Prince Philip don’t live together.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been married for more than seven decades. The Duke of Edinburgh has been a dedicated supporter of the Queen throughout her reign. Elizabeth has described Philip as her “strength and stay” but following his retirement in 2017, the pair have spent more time apart.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for more than seven decades.
They tied the knot on November 20, 1947 and have been together ever since.
The Queen avowed her love for Philip in 1997 in her golden wedding speech, saying: “He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments.”
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: they have been married nearly 72 years (Image: GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: Why the royal couple DON’T live together (Image: GETTY)
She continued: “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.”
The Duke of Edinburgh attended royal events at his wife’s side for decades, finally retiring from duty in 2017 at the impressive age of 96.
Since then Philip has enjoyed a break away from the Windsor bubble and is reported to split his time between Buckingham Palace and Wood Farm, Norfolk.
While the Queen remains busy with royal duty in Windsor, Prince Philip enjoys a slower pace of life.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: Philip wasn’t at Trooping the Colour (Image: GETTY)
A royal source told the Daily Mail: “The Queen feels the Duke has earned a proper retirement.”
“She knows him too well, if he was still at the centre of royal life he’d feel he had to be involved.
“Being at Wood Farm means that he’s not too far away, but far enough to be able to relax.”
Philip gave up his job in the navy to fully support his wife after she became Queen in 1952.
The Duke has been a huge support to Elizabeth throughout her reign and is better able to relax away from Buckingham Palace, a royal expert has claimed.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: Philip attended Lady Gabriella’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
Joe Little, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “As reasonably well-documented, the Duke divides his time between Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate and Windsor Castle, more Norfolk than Berkshire because things are more relaxed there.
“Consequently he is away from the Queen for weeks sometimes, but they speak every day on the phone.”
Philip has reportedly set up a retirement base at Wood Farm on the royals’ Sandringham Estate.
The Duke is under no obligation to attend royal events and is said to spend his time in Norfolk reading, painting and staying active.
Philip joined the Queen at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s royal wedding last month where he was snapped laughing with guests.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK