Queen Elizabeth II's love story with Prince Philip – in pictures

The pair's romance sprang out of a summer encounter at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939

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Prince Philip was a dashing naval cadet with royal roots and Queen Elizabeth II was a young princess who would one day be queen.

The romance of Prince Philip of Greece and Princess Elizabeth sprang out of a summer encounter at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939.

The future couple, who were distant cousins, had been at the same gatherings on several occasions.

When Philip was 13 and the princess was eight, they both attended the 1934 wedding of Philip’s cousin Princess Marina, later Duchess of Kent, and Elizabeth’s uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent.

They were also both guests at the coronation of George VI in 1937.

But it was at Dartmouth, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the naval college with their two daughters, that they had their first publicised meeting, in July 1939.

The rest, they say, is history.

Below is a selection of pictures of the pair together:

The pair got married at Westminster Abbey in 1947
The pair got married at Westminster Abbey in 1947
The pair following their wedding ceremony at Buckingham Palace
The pair following their wedding ceremony at Buckingham Palace
Prince Philip with Queen Elizabeth II holding a young King Charles III in 1948
Prince Philip with Queen Elizabeth II holding a young King Charles III in 1948
Queen Elizabeth II with her father, King George VI, and Prince Philip watching a young King Charles III sitting on a statue at Balmoral in 1951
Queen Elizabeth II with her father, King George VI, and Prince Philip watching a young King Charles III sitting on a statue at Balmoral in 1951
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visiting the newly built location of Granada Television's "Coronation Street" in Manchester in 1982
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visiting the newly built location of Granada Television's "Coronation Street" in Manchester in 1982