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16 Rarely Seen Photos of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

They're going on 72 years of marriage and have the history to prove it.

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New romance


You can just sense the fresh love in this photo of Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) and 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.

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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.

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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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Modern


Even today—approaching their 70th wedding anniversary—Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are still going strong. Next, check out the most gorgeous royal wedding photos from throughout history.