Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip suffered from a good deal of friction during Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953.
Piers Brendon, a royal historian, said that Her Majesty’s coronation took place one year after her father George VI’s death on Feb. 6, 1952. During the preparations for the live broadcast of the Queen’s coronation at Westminster Abbey, a lot of people were involved with the organization, including Queen Mother and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
According to Brendon, this left Prince Philip feeling unhappy. He said in the documentary “The Queen’s Coronation: Behind Closed Doors” that the Queen was the personification of duty and obedience at that time, and she was aware that she had to sacrifice a lot of things so that she could be faithful to her role.
“Therefore, there was, inevitably, a good deal of friction with her husband,” he said.
Gyles Brandreth, who wrote “Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage,” also revealed that the royal couple’s perception about royal duties triggered some of their feuds.
“Some marriages work because the people are very similar. Some work because the people are very different… the Queen and Philip are very different people and she sided with the old guard,” he said.
Her Majesty was believed to be a traditionalist, and she followed in the footsteps of her father. Prince Philip, on the other hand, had a very different approach.
Meanwhile, the Queen and Prince Philip also had very different reactions to the death of George VI. Commander Michael Parker, who was with the couple in Kenya when they found out that the King has died, said that the Duke of Edinburgh looked as though half of the world dropped on him.
He said that Prince Philip struggled to accept the fact that his wife will become the Head of the Commonwealth, but Her Majesty was fully accepting of her new role. During their conversation, Prince Philip reportedly talked and talked while the Queen sat erect on a chair.
When asked what name she would take as the Queen, she said Windsor.
Source: IBTIMES COM