Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, on their wedding day, 20th November 1947. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Strange Facts About Queen Elizabeth's Marriage
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They were related
Some may not know that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are actually third cousins, with the two meeting when they were much younger. As TIME reported, Elizabeth was 13 years old at the time and fell for Philip pretty quickly after meeting him.
Did Not Approve
Because he was worried about how the British public would react to his daughter marrying a Greek prince, King George VI initially disapproved of his daughter's choice of marriage. According to TIME, Philip's "loud, boisterous laugh and his blunt, seagoing manners" also "irritated" the King.
Philip had to become a naturalized British citizen in order to wed Elizabeth. As E! Online shared, Elizabeth's parents were not thrilled at the time with his family, which resulted in none of his German family members, including his three sisters, being invited to the wedding.
Coupons For Her Dress
When the pair was married, Great Britain was still getting over World War II, thus Elizabeth had to use ration coupons to pay for the materials for her wedding gown. According to E! Online, Elizabeth was given additional coupons (200 to be exact) from the government for the dress.
Connecting Bedrooms
When the couple moved to Clarence House in 1949, they had connected bedrooms. According to the royal couple's cousin Lady Pamela Mountbatten, the reason was for practicality because "Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose."