Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip Almost Never Made It Down the Aisle

They seem so perfectly suited that we never would have guessed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip almost didn't end up together. In fact, royal advisors actually told the then-princess that she shouldn't seriously consider marrying him.


Nearly 70 years later, they're the ones having the last laugh -- maybe even literally. It turns out that the young prince from Greece was considered too humorous for the British monarchy.

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According to the queen's biographer, A.N. Wilson, royal courtiers advised the young royal not to marry Philip shortly before their 1947 nuptials. He was somewhat known for his public gaffes, and was said to be too "funny" for Elizabeth.

Per the Telegraph, Wilson explained further at a literature 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.

And here we thought a sense of humor was something to be admired in a future mate! Apparently Elizabeth thought so too, because on November 20, 1947, the two said "I do" at Westminster Abbey. They had met eight years earlier, when 13-year-old Liz visited Dartmouth Naval College with her father, George VI, and was introduced to the dashing 18-year-old.

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Wilson shared that she doesn't believe Philip's "gaffes" at the time were gaffes at all. "They are the kind of jokes a naval officer of a certain age might make. I think [they are] made rather wonderfully," she explained.

We don't blame Queen Elizabeth at all for valuing a sense of humor. we bet they're still making each other laugh nearly seven decades later. 


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