Queen Elizabeth II news: Why do the Queen and Prince Philip have SEPARATE BEDS?
QUEEN Elizabeth has been married to Prince Philip for nearly 71 years. But why do they have separate beds?
Sleeping in separate bedrooms is quite a normal thing for the upper class to do, according to Her Majesty’s cousin, Lady Pamela Hicks. She gave an interview with American writer Sally Bedell Smith for her new biography of the Queen, which will be published in February. Lady Hicks explained to Ms Smith: “In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms.
“Then when you are feeling cosy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose.”
How did the Queen and Prince Philip meet?
The then-Princess Elizabeth first met Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1934 at the wedding of his cousin Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.
They met again in 1939 at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, when Elizabeth was 13-years-old and Philip was 18.
She fell in love with Philip and they started to send letters to each other.
The pair got engaged in 1946 after Philip, 25, asked her father King George VI for his 20-year-old daughter’s hand in marriage.
However, a formal engagement announcement was delayed until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday the following April.
Philip proposed to Elizabeth with a ring consisting of a centre stone surrounded by 10 smaller pave diamonds taken from a tiara that belonged to Philip’s mother Princess Alice.
Elizabeth and Philip are second cousins once removed by descent from Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel.
They are also third cousins by descent from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Phillip Mountbatten took place on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.
On the eve of their wedding, Philip was given the title Duke of Edinburgh.
The morning was eventful for Elizabeth too, as her tiara snapped while she was dressing at Buckingham Palace before leaving for Westminster Abbey.
The court jeweller, who was on standby in case of emergency, was then rushed to his work room by a police escort, but luckily it was fixed in time.
Her wedding dress was designed by Norman Hartnell but she still required ration coupons to buy the material.
Their wedding cake was baked by London bakery McVitie and Price and was a fruitcake made of four tiers which stood nine feet high.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK