King Charles moving from key ‘family monarchy’ value at core of Queen Elizabeth’s rule


The Queen was once described as having fallen in love with Prince Philip as a teenager and she “never looked at anyone else”.

The Queen, who died in September this year, was married to the Duke of Edinburgh for more than 70 years.

They were married for 73 years before the Duke of Edinburgh died, aged 99, in April 2021.

But royal expert Dr Tessa Dunlop has suggested the longevity of the Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage promoted an idea of a family-orientated monarchy which the current monarch cannot emulate.

The sovereign, 73, was previously married to the late Princess Diana from 1981 until their divorce was finalised 15 years later, in 1996, after a four-year separation.


The Queen and Prince Philip projected an idea of ‘family monarchy’ (Image: Getty)

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The then-Princess Elizabeth tied the knot with Philip Mountbatten in November 1947 (Image: Getty)

King Charles then married the now-Queen Consort, Camilla, in 2005.

Dr Dunlop told The Mirror: “Seventy-five years ago Princess Elizabeth walked down the aisle with her war-hero husband, Philip.

“The stunning pair were instant trend-setters; 200 million listened to the wedding of the decade in a record-breaking year for tying the knot.

“Britain’s pin-up family, the House of Windsor, had reached dizzy new heights.

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The sovereign, 73, was previously married to the late Princess Diana from 1981 until 1996 (Image: Getty)

“Within a year Prince Charles was born; the original baby boomer, his arrival sealed the deal for family monarchy.”

However, with his parents as the “perfect couple in a fast-changing society”, the image of stability they projected would be a “tough act to follow” for the future King.

Dr Dunlop described the then-heir to the throne as under “huge pressure” by 1980, the year before his first wedding to Diana.

She said: “On the surface, his marriage looked like the perfect second act – another blushing bride with her sailor-prince.”

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King Charles then married the now-Queen Consort, Camilla, in 2005 (Image: Getty)

But Dr Dunlop pointed to evolving society in the UK, compounding the marital issues encountered by the then-Prince and Princess of Wales.

She added: “”But times had changed: divorce was prevalent, celebrity culture distorting, infidelity unacceptable.

“Charles and Diana’s giant wedding ended in giant failure.

“Family monarchy fell apart.”

The 1990s, often described as one of the most turbulent years for the monarchy underneath Queen Elizabeth II, has been the subject of the latest series of the hit Netflix drama, The Crown.

The fifth installment, released earlier this month, chartered the downfall of Charles and Diana’s marriage and her death in Paris in 1997.


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