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Incredible Photos Show The Queen Meeting Prince Philip In 1939

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Incredible Photos Show The Queen Meeting Prince Philip In 1939

A series of adorable photos reveal the moment Her Majesty the Queen met Prince Philip in 1939.

Shared on Twitter by the Ministry of Defence, the black and white images show the then 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth playing croquet with Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, who was 18 at the time.

Elizabeth was 13 when she met Philip at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth (Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College)
Elizabeth was 13 when she met Philip at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth (Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College)

"In 1939, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh met Her Majesty The Queen for the first time at Britannia Royal Naval College," the post explains.

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"Among the rare photographs is one of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip playing croquet.

"These photographs were found in the private family album of the then Captain of the College Capt F Dalrymple-Hamilton. The photo album came into the Britannia Royal Naval College's possession pre-1980."

Elizabeth and Margaret were in Dartmouth with their parents (Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College)
Elizabeth and Margaret were in Dartmouth with their parents (Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College)

It's believed the pair had been briefly introduced five years earlier, at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to Prince George, Duke of Kent.

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But fast forward to 1939 and Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were on a trip with their parents, and Prince Philip - a young naval cadet at the time - was tasked with looking after the princesses after there was an outbreak of mumps which excused them from going to church.

And it was actually a mere coincidence that Philip was even in Dartmouth at the time. Apparently, he should have been at sea, but due to the war approaching, this wasn't the case.

It wasn't until a number of years later that the pair became close (Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College)
It wasn't until a number of years later that the pair became close (Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College)

Of course, it wasn't until a number of years later that the pair became close, eventually marrying in November 1947.

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Princess Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids at their wedding - Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon. Margaret Elpinstone and Diana Bowes-Lyon.

The pair were married in November 1947 (Credit: PA)
The pair were married in November 1947 (Credit: PA)

A whopping 2,000 people were invited to the ceremony and Elizabeth and Philip received over 2,500 wedding presents from around the world.

It was just five years later that Elizabeth became Queen.

Featured Image Credit: Britannia Royal Naval College/PA

Topics: News, The Queen, Royal Family

Lucy Devine
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