PRINCE PHILIP was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years before he passed away in April 2021.
But the Duke of Edinburgh was always considered a prince, not a king, despite his long marriage to the Queen.
Why wasn’t Prince Philip King Philip?
The reason Philip did not become king when he married the queen stems from an Act of Parliament.
Inheritance law does not refer to bloodline, only to sex.
The spouse of a reigning king or queen is called a consort.
Oddly enough, in British Royalty, a man who marries the Queen is known as the Prince Consort, but a woman who marries the King will be the Queen Consort.
When Prince Philip married the Queen in 1947, he was also bestowed three other titles:
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Earl of Merioneth
- Baron Greenwich
In 1957, the Queen made him the official Prince of the United Kingdom – which she made official in a new patent, according to Town & Country.
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When did Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip get married?
The then Princess Elizabeth married on November 20, 1947, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, as he was known at the time.
They achieved their platinum wedding anniversary in 2017, which marked 70 years since their big day.
The couple had met 13 years earlier at the 1934 wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent.
After a third meeting in July 1939, our future queen, then just 13 years old, is said to have fallen in love with Philip – and they began to exchange letters.
The couple became secretly engaged in 1946 and Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, ordered that any formal engagement be postponed until after his daughter’s 21st birthday – in April 1947.
Their engagement was officially announced in July of the same year.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married for 73 years before the Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, 2021.
How many children do Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have?
The Queen and Prince Philip had four children together – Charles, Prince of Wales, born 1948; Anne, Princess Royal, born 1950; Andrew, Duke of York, born 1960; and Edward, Earl of Wessex, born 1964.
They have eight grandchildren:
- Prince William
- Prince Harry
- Peter Phillips
- Zara Phillips (now Tindall)
- Princess Beatrice
- Princess Eugenie
- Lady Laus Windsor
- James, Viscount Severn.
The couple also have eight great-grandchildren:
- Prince George
- Princess Charlotte
- Prince Louis
- Archie Mountbatten Windsor
- Savanna Phillips
- Phillips Island
- Mia Tindal
- Lena Tindall
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