A Lifelong Love Affair
Elizabeth had first met Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark when she was eight years old. Five years later, in 1939, they encountered each other again, and it was love at second sight. The pair began exchanging letters, and in 1946, they were secretly engaged. On her wedding day, Nov. 20, 1947, the 21-year-old princess couldn't find her bouquet, and her tiara snapped.
Although he was the queen's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh was not crowned or anointed at the coronation ceremony in 1953. He was the first subject to pay homage to Her Majesty and kiss the newly crowned queen, stating "I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God."