The Queen and Prince Philip’s platinum anniversary: 10 things you might not know about their marriage

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary next week.

They were married at Westminster Abbey in London on November 20, 1947, and have since become one of the most photographed couples in the world.

But even though they have lived their married life in the public eye for 70 years, there are still a few things you may not know about the royal couple.

Here are 10 lesser known facts about the Queen and Prince Philip.

The Queen and Prince Philip will be married 70 years next week (Picture: PA)
The Queen and Prince Philip will be married 70 years next week (Picture: PA)

1. 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.

2. 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.

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3. 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.

The couple on the Great Wall of China in 1986 (Picture: PA)
The couple on the Great Wall of China in 1986 (Picture: PA)

4. 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.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting the poppy field at the Tower of London in 2014 (Picture: PA)
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting the poppy field at the Tower of London in 2014 (Picture: PA)

5. 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.”

They will celebrate their platinum anniversary on November 20 (Picture: PA)
They will celebrate their platinum anniversary on November 20 (Picture: PA)

6. In the early days of their courtship, Marion Crawford, Princess Elizabeth’s governess, described seeing Philip’s black, green-upholstered MG sports car roaring into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace and him getting out ‘hatless” and “always in a hurry to see Lilibet”.

The royals with Barack and Michelle Obama in 2009 (Picture: PA)
The royals with Barack and Michelle Obama in 2009 (Picture: PA)

7. 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 pair on the new Eurostar train in 1994 (Picture: PA)
The pair on the new Eurostar train in 1994 (Picture: PA)

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

The couple at Maseline harbour in 1978 during their visit to the island of Sark, Channel Islands (Picture: PA)
The couple at Maseline harbour in 1978 during their visit to the island of Sark, Channel Islands (Picture: PA)

9. 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.”

The Duke and the Queen got married in 1947 (Picture: PA)
The Duke and the Queen got married in 1947 (Picture: PA)

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

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