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16 Rarely Seen Photos of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

They were married for 73 years—and these pictures only tell part of their story.

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Editor’s Note: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband to Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 99 years old.

In a statement on April 9, 2021, the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

In light of this sad news, we’re sharing some rarely seen photos of himself and Queen Elizabeth II.


New romance

You can just sense the fresh love in this photo of Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh taken in 1947—the same year they got married. Here are some more candid, rarely seen photos of royal family members.

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Cricket match

Royals don’t just sit and watch—sometimes they get to play, too. Right before this 1948 picture was taken, the Duke played for the Windsor Great Park team at a local cricket match.

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Standing next to each other

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had their fair share of controversy, but still look enamored in this 1950 photograph. Check out some fascinating facts (and scandals) about Queen Elizabeth II.

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Family photo

We couldn’t ask for a sweeter family photo if we tried. In this 1951 snapshot, Elizabeth and Philip hold Prince Charles and Princess Anne at their Clarence House, their home in London.

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Kilt

For the 1952 Braemar Gathering, Prince Philip wore a traditional tartan kilt while a crowd of 40,000 cheered at the couple’s arrival.

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Coronation

Both Elizabeth and Philip are all smiles during her coronation in 1953. Here are some more fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

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Safe travels

Philip and Elizabeth looked cheerful at a London airport on their way to a 1957 state visit to Paris. The sweet nickname Prince Philip has for Elizabeth will melt your heart.

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On boat fire shore connection

Before setting sail to Denmark in 1957, Elizabeth and Philip pause to wave goodbye. Here are 50 pictures of Prince Philip’s life that pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Corgi

It’s nothing new that Queen Elizabeth II’s love for corgis knows no bounds. She and Prince Philip couldn’t resist the puppies even in this 1959 snapshot. Don’t miss these 21 vintage photos of royal dogs throughout history.

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Blue and navy uniform

During a 1963 trip to New Zealand, Prince Philip wears a Navy uniform while Queen Elizabeth II matches in her blue outfit.

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Holding baby in uniform

After her 38th birthday celebration, Elizabeth holds Prince Edward, who was just 12 weeks old. Find out why the Queen actually celebrates two birthdays every year.

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White hat

During a five-week tour of the West Indies in 1966, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were able to enjoy some entertainment in South Caicos Island.

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Accepting polo award

When Prince Philip’s team won the Cowdray Park Gold Cup polo tournament in 1966, his wife graciously presented the trophy. Here are some rare photos of Prince Phillip you must see.

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No hard feelings

The royal couple visited Ottawa in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th anniversary. You’ll get a laugh out of these funny Queen Elizabeth II moments that were caught on camera.

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South Pacific

For once, Queen Elizabeth II didn’t wear her usual gloves. She and Prince Philip looked ready for some sun on their way to Fiji for a visit to the South Pacific in 1977.

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Side by side

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were true partners in life and stood by one another through 73 years of marriage. Next, check out the most gorgeous royal wedding photos from throughout history.

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.