Queen reveals secret behind happy marriage to Prince Philip in rare insight


THE QUEEN and Prince Philip have been married for more than 70 years since their wedding on November 20, 1947 but the Queen has since revealed the secret to their long and happy marriage.

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are currently self-isolating together at Windsor Castle due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Monarch travelled to Windsor from Buckingham Palace for the UK lockdown and the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been enjoying retirement on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, travelled to join her. Royal commentators reflected on what makes their marriage tick while analysing what the pair have said about each other in public.

Speaking on True Royalty TV, host Kate Thornton said: “She has given us a very rare insight into what makes their relationship tick.”

Journalist Sean Fletcher said: “They sound like two people in love who have lived their lives in the public eye but at the heart of all of it is a really strong relationship.

“The fact that Prince Philip decided to go to Windsor and that he wanted to spend time with her during the lockdown…

“It accentuates your relationship, it looks like they’re in a good place anyway and they’re in a better place coming out of it.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

The Queen has revealed what makes her marriage tick (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are currently self-isolating at Windsor Castle (Image: PA)

Sunday Times Royal Correspondent Roya Nikkhah added: “It’s remarkable in a family which has had in recent decades quite a lot of marriage breakdown and this is a marriage that has endured for 70 years plus.

“There is another lovely example where Philip is giving a speech for one of the Queen’s Jubilees.

“Philip says that in order to have a good marriage, you have to have tolerance and patience, both qualities that the Queen has in abundance.

Ms Thornton went on to remind the panel: “We forget that he’s the world’s longest-serving consort in history.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen took part in her first Zoom call recently (Image: GETTY)

“He really has put the time in over the years.”

The royal commentators added that during isolation, Philip is said to have dug out the Queen Mother’s old golf buggy from a Windsor Castle museum to aid him getting around the 15,800-acre estate.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who is an avid driver, is still allowed to drive on private roads.

A royal expert noted it would not be a surprise if Philip began driving again as he was often seen whizzing around on his motorbike.

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Ms Thornton said: “In order to enable him to get around the Windsor estate, rumour has it that Philip has dug out of one of the royal museums the Queen Mother’s golf buggy.

“Do you have any sight of that whilst you were there?

Ms Nikkhah added: “I didn’t see the golf buggy but it wouldn’t surprise me. It’s the kind of thing Philip would do.

“We used to see him buzzing around on his easy rider motorbike around his estate. He loves to whiz around, it wouldn’t surprise me.”

“We used to see him buzzing around on his easy rider motorbike around his estate. He loves to whiz around, it wouldn’t surprise me.”


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