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Have Queen Mar­grethe and Prince Philip been keep­ing a very scan­dalous se­cret ro­mance for more than 50 years?

That’s the shock­ing ru­mour com­ing out of Den­mark and the UK af­ter a por­trait of the English royal was re­leased to a Copen­hagen mu­seum.

Painted in com­mem­o­ra­tion of his re­tire­ment, the por­trait of Prince Philip was ini­tially com­mis­sioned by Mar­grethe as a nod to his Dan­ish her­itage.

But since its re­lease, spec­u­la­tion has run rife that the pair shared a se­cret ro­man­tic spark when they were young roy­als.

‘Peo­ple have been talk­ing about the ru­mours for years and the por­trait has done noth­ing to hose down spec­u­la­tion,’ says a source. ‘The truth is Mar­grethe and Philip have al­ways been close... so it’s very pos­si­ble that there was chem­istry at one time.’

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