In­sights into the royal re­la­tion­ship

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The Queen was once spot­ted throw­ing a pair of ten­nis shoes and a racket at Philip in frus­tra­tion dur­ing an Aus­tralian tour. The spat was caught on cam­era but the footage was given to the Queen and never broad­cast.

In Oc­to­ber 1949, the Duke, a naval of­fi­cer, was posted to HMS Che­quers in Malta. El­iz­a­beth be­came a “Navy wife”, liv­ing hap­pily on the Mediter­ranean is­land and di­vid­ing her time be­tween there and the UK.

The ro­man­tic Duke de­signed a gold, di­a­mond, sap­phire and ruby bracelet fea­tur­ing links of in­ter­lock­ing Es and Ps for his wife as a fifth wed­ding an­niver­sary present in 1952. It was made to his in­struc­tions by the jew­ellers Boucheron.

Philip takes charge of the cook­ing dur­ing bar­be­cues at Bal­moral and the Queen does the wash­ing-up. “You sit there hav­ing eaten, the Queen asks if you’ve fin­ished, she stacks the plates up and goes off to the sink,” for­mer prime min­is­ter Tony Blair re­vealed in his mem­oirs.

Af­ter a row with her husband once on the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen told a courtier: “I’m not go­ing to come out of my cabin un­til he’s in a bet­ter tem­per. I’m go­ing to sit here on my bed un­til he’s bet­ter.”

In a let­ter to an au­thor just months be­fore they were mar­ried, the Princess re­called how she and Philip en­joyed danc­ing to­gether at night­clubs in London.

“Philip likes rid­ing but as yet, has not done much rac­ing,” she wrote. “We both love danc­ing – we have danced at Ciro’s and Quaglino’s as well at par­ties.”

The Duke once re­marked to the Queen who was look­ing glum at an of­fi­cial en­gage­ment: “Cheer up sweetie, give them a smile.”

In a heart­felt let­ter to the

Queen Mother be­fore the wed­ding to re­as­sure her that he would cher­ish her daugh­ter, Philip de­scribed how he had “fallen in love com­pletely and un­re­servedly”.

He added: “The only thing in this world which is ab­so­lutely real to me, and my am­bi­tion, is to weld the two of us into a new com­bined ex­is­tence that will not only be able to with­stand the shocks di­rected at us but will also have a pos­i­tive ex­is­tence for the good.”

Al­though the Queen’s nick­name is Lili­bet, the Duke is also known to af­fec­tion­ately call her Cab­bage.

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