QUEEN ELIZABETH II reportedly had to delay her engagement to Prince Philip for a heartbreaking reason, an expert has claimed.
The Queen reportedly had to delay her engagement to Prince Philip (Image GETTY)
The Monarch was instructed by her father to make her final decision on marrying Philip on her 21st birthday, a year later. The Queen is thought to have accepted Philip’s proposal at Balmoral before letting her parents know, according to royal author Annie Bullen. King George VI is said to have “dreaded” the loss of his beloved daughter and asked her to wait.
Ms Bullen wrote in ‘Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh’: “In the summer on 1946, he was invited to Balmoral for three weeks to join the Royal Family as they enjoyed their customary grouse shooting and deer stalking.
“It is thought this is when he proposed to Princess Elizabeth who accepted before they went to her parents with the news.
“The King agreed on principle to the marriage but asked them to wait for a year before making a final decision after Elizabeth’s 21st birthday in April 1947.
“Those close to the King thought he dreaded what he perceived as the loss of his beloved daughter, whose company he always sought when walking and riding out.”
The Monarch was instructed by her father to make her final decision on her 21st birthday (Image GETTY)
The Royal Family tree dating back to 1819 (Image EXPRESS)
The royal couple, who have five children together, have been married for more than 70 years. They wed in a service at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.
The then-Princess Elizabeth met Prince Philip at the Royal Navy College in Dartmouth in 1939.
At the time, the Queen was only 13-years-old and Philip 18.
Still, despite their difference in age, Elizabeth couldn’t take her eyes of the prince.
The Queen is thought to have accepted Philip’s proposal at Balmoral before letting her parents know (Image GETTY)
Revealed in the 2014 documentary “The Majestic Life of Queen Elizabeth II”, it has emerged what the young princess really thought of her future husband when they first met.
Robert Lacy, historian and biographer, recalled the moment when the spark between the Royal couple reportedly struck.
He said: “One of the most extraordinary things about the Queen is that she fell in love and married just about the first man she met.
“Of course, it’s a slight exaggeration. But she met Prince Philip of Greece, as he then was in 1939 when he was a dashing naval cadet at Dartmouth Naval college.
“She had met him before at family occasion, but this was the occasion when, by her own account, the spark was struck.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK