For most of their married lives the Queen and Prince Philip had an extraordinary array of homes at their disposal. When in London there was Buckingham Palace. If you fancied getting out of the city then you could head down the road to Windsor Castle.
During the summer you could head up to Balmoral in Scotland where life moves at a slower pace. And then once bored of those three massive homes you’d have Sandringham to head to for Christmas. So with this rich choice it’s hard to believe that they ever lived anything close to a normal life.
Yet at the start of their marriage, life was somewhat more ordinary. In 1946, shortly after the end of the Second World War, Philip was given permission by the Queen’s father, King George VI, to marry his daughter, on the condition that they wait until her 21st birthday.
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They married on November 20, 1947 in Westminster Abbey and for the next couple of years were spent living in a country house in Surrey called Windlesham Moor. Very little has been written about their time at the property which is in the village of Windlesham, some six miles from Windsor Castle and a couple of miles from Bagshot Park where Prince Edward now lives with his family.
What is known about Windlesham Moor is that the Victorian home was bought by a gentleman called Philip Hill in a state of disrepair in 1942 for £40,000. That sounds cheap but is the equivalent to more than £1.9million today. He renovated the house in 1944 and a few years later it was rented furnished from his widow, Warwick Bryant, for the Queen, who at that point was Princess Elizabeth, and Prince Philip.
The house had four reception rooms, a dining room, a 50-foot drawing room, a study, games room and five main bedrooms. And the house was in grounds stretching to58 acres, largely of light woodland.
The royal couple stayed there until they moved to Clarence House on July 4, 1949.
During the time they were at their rented Surrey home, Prince Charles was born. But the birth took place at Buckingham Palace, which suggests the young married couple still spent plenty of time at the family’s grander homes when they needed to.
From 1949 to 1951 the couple spent a lot of their time living a relatively normal life in Malta where Prince Philip was stationed with the Navy.
The sudden death of the Queen’s father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952 changed their lives forever.
By 1953 they had moved into Buckingham Palace with the Queen Mother then moving into Clarence House, where she lived until her death in 2002.
Clarence House is now the official London residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
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Prince Philip was born in Greece, and first met his wife-to-be at a Royal wedding 1934.
Over the following decade, they met several times and the Queen reportedly became smitten with Philip.
They shared a great-great grandmother in Queen Victoria, who reigned between 1837 and 1901.
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