THE Queen and Prince Philips have had a romance that has lasted an impressive 72 years - and Her Majesty is said to have been attracted to him from the moment they met.
The royal couple first met when she was just 13-years-old and Philip was 18, and she was struck by his “Viking” good looks.
According to royal biography My Husband and I, by Ingrid Seward, the Queen had little interaction with men in her teens.
Ingrid writes: “No real attempt was made to put her more at ease with young men.”
She wrote how Elizabeth’s nanny, Marion Crawford, said: “The princesses did not understand the antics of little boys.”
Ingrid added: “Despite all that, there was one boy Elizabeth did notice, however.
“He was tall and blond, with ‘Viking’ good looks.
“His name was Prince Philip of Greece, and she was dazzled by him from the first moment she saw him.
“They were married eight years later, and he was the only man she had ever known.”
According to Marion, it was an unusual skill of Philip's that first impressed "Princess Elizabeth".
The Queen was visiting Dartmouth Britannia Royal Naval College in July 1939 - where Philip was training at the time - along with Princess Margaret, King George VI and the Queen Mother.
Due to an outbreak of mumps and chickenpox, the family decided to visit the headmaster's house, instead of going to a service at the chapel.
Philip was one of the only cadets who wasn't suffering from the illness and suggested they go to Dartmouth tennis court.
And when they arrived at the tennis court, Philip showed off his ability to jump over the nets.
According to Marion, the Queen said: “How high he can jump!”
Later on in the visit, Philip accompanied the family on board the King's yacht for dinner, during which Marion claimed Elizabeth was "pink-faced" as she laughed with the prince.
It didn't go unnoticed by Philip's uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who wrote in his diary that the Duke was a "great success" with the princesses.
Added to that, the Queen's cousin, Margaret Rhodes also claimed Elizabeth “was truly in love from the very beginning”.
While Philip apparently didn't reciprocate the feelings at this point, the pair started writing to each other when Philip served in the navy during World War Two.
When the Queen was 17 and Philip 22, they ran into each other at Windsor Castle at which time the Queen performed in a pantomime of Aladdin.
It was after this that Philip reportedly started carrying her photo with him for the duration of the war.
It was a couple of years later in 1946 that the Duke of Edinburgh popped the question.
The pair married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey, before welcoming Prince Charles just under a year later.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, is currently in the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation, for a "pre-existing condition".
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