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A new booker by a reputable biographer has revealed that Queen Elizabeth defied orders when she chose to marry Prince Philip.

The Queen and Philip met when she was just 14 years old and he was an officer in the navy and she quickly fell in love.

When she later made it clear she had found the man she wanted to marry, she was reportedly told by her family and advisors that Philip was categorically “the wrong person” for her.

“When she made it quite clear from the age of about 14 that she was in love with Prince Philip, who was a beautiful German Prince with blond hair, all the courtiers said he was entirely the wrong person to choose,” author A.N. Wilson said at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

“They said it for lots of reasons, but the fact is he was wrong. The Queen is very reserved, diligent person. He isn’t. He was a naval officer and he was also quite funny.”

Philip won the future queen over with his humour and is said to be an extremely funny man who isn’t afraid of speaking his mind – something that has been made clear over the years with a number of public “gaffes”.

“The fact that he makes all these so-called gaffes, well I don’t think they are gaffes,” Wilson said.

“They are the kind of jokes a naval officer of a certain age might make. I think [they are] made rather wonderfully.”

The young Queen ended up defying orders and married Philip in 1947 when she was 21.

Over the years, Philip has made a number of comments that many in the palace considered inappropriate, but others say are hilarious. Here are some of his best!

In 1967, when asked if he’d like to visit the Soviet Union, he replied with, “I would like to go to Russia very much, although the bastards murdered half my family.”

Later, during the British recession in 1981 he said: “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed”.

In 1986 he told British exchange students living in China: “If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”

In 1999 he told a group of kids from the British Deaf Association who were standing next to a Caribbean steel band: “If you’re near that music it’s no wonder you’re deaf”.

When he met the President of Nigeria, who was dressed in traditional robes, Prince Philip said: “You look like you’re ready for bed.”

Do you think the Queen and Prince Philip make a good match? Did you ever go out with someone your family and friends didn’t approve of?

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  1. My favourite Prince Philip story concerns his attendance on behalf of the Queen at the Kenyan independence ceremonies in the capital city Narobi in 1963.

    This independence followed a very nasty and very bloody war by black Mau Mau freedom fighters against the British colonial regime and white settlers and was led by Jomo Kenyatta, the first leader of an independent Kenya. He had spent seven years in jail until 1959 because of his role in the struggle.

    As the UK flag was being lowered for the last time prior to the new Kenyan flag being hoisted, Prince Philip remarked to Kenyatta, “It’s not too late to change your mind.”

    Kenyatta reportedly thought the comment was hilarious!

  2. If reports are true and there is no smoke with out fire then Prince Phillip is a womanizer and should never have married the Queen but who knows what goes on behind closed doors.

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    • Cite your ‘proof’ Prince Phillip was/is a ‘womaniser’.

  3. He was known as Prince Philip of Greece, when did he become a German prince?

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    • He was a Battenberg, (Mountbatten is an English translation), of German descent, though living in Greece.
      I remember the Royal Wedding. At the time, most people felt he was very suitable.

  4. I’d say it was an unfortunately marriage, but it seems to have worked, either she turned/turns a blind eye, or he was bearable to live withy. Of course they have their separate lives anyway, not sharing a room and such like. Not many of us have the luxury of separate rooms until we reach old age, and by then we’ve either decided to make the best of it, or we’re no longer together

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    • Sorry Annie, ny sweetheart and I both collect the pension so must be old but we love sharing our room and our bed.

  5. I think they are a perfect match, I love both of them. I especially love Prince Phillip’s humour. I have had the honour of meeting them both and they are adorable. I have also met Princewilliam as he was then, and he is a really down to earth person. Long live the royals.

  6. In this world we now live in, how many marriages do you know of that have survived nearly 70 years who still show care for one another and remained so public with their lives; only love could survive that.

  7. As Her Majesty said herself at her 60 th year celebrations, no one realises what a tower of strength Prince Phillip has been to her over the years. What a lovely thing to say and very true I’m sure.

  8. I’ve always said I thought the had a great sense of humour, (though somewhat ‘naughty’ at times). I’ve no doubt he knew absolutely what he was saying when he made his so-called ‘gaffs’ – you don’t get as high as he did in the navy if you’re an idiot, the days when some inbred twit could buy a commission and lord it over everyone, with no real military knowledge are long gone. With all the modern technology involved today, only clever men are required in all the services!

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