Prince Philip was still ‘fascinated’ and ‘charmed’ by the Queen after 73 years of marriage

Prince Philip's expressions reportedly showed he remained as enamored with the Queen as when they first met

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II chat as she takes part in the naming ceremony for the P&O Cruises vessel at Ocean Cruise Terminal on March 10, 2015 in Southampton, England
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The Queen and Prince Philip were married for 73 years and remained strong throughoutso much so that a body language expert has claimed the couple were still very much in love, even in the last years of their marriage.

Prince Philip and the Queen were happily married for 73 years before he sadly passed away in April 2021, leaving the Royal Family devastated. The Duke of Edinburgh, who was known for his mischievous jokes, was the longest serving consort in British history and the Queen is likely reflecting on their decades spent together on what would have been his 100th birthday on June 10. 

His passing saw an outpouring of support for the royals and Her Majesty shared a heartfelt 95th birthday message giving thanks for the "support and kindness" she'd received. Like most couples, the Queen and Prince Philip weathered many storms over the years, but body language expert Judi James believes the couple were just as solid in their final years together as they were when they married.

The couple spent much of last year at Windsor Castle during the UK's lockdown and whilst the pandemic has been a very difficult time for everyone, spending so much time together was likely very significant to them both. 

When Prince Philip and the Queen were pictured together, it's clear that they still have the same rapport as when they first met in the sweetest way all those years ago. 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh react as they bid farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina

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Body language expert Judi James has previously revealed to that Prince Philip and the Queen appeared to be as in love as ever, with Philip still “fascinated” by Her Majesty.

“Still posing with a sense of personal pride like the gallant and dashing prince, even in his nineties, Philip still retains his rather romantic-looking trait of watching and speaking to his wife in public as though he is still as charmed and even fascinated by her as he was when they were first engaged", she explained. 

"He will turn his head and lower it to use eye contact as she speaks to him, while his grin still suggests he is keen to encourage her to enjoy even the most formal royal occasions.”

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The Queen and Prince Philip on their honeymoon 

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And he’s not the only one mimicking the body language of when they were a young, engaged couple. 

Judi also revealed: "The response he gets from his wife is equally telling. She might be one of the most famous women in the world and she might also be in her nineties with four children and a whole brood of grand and great-grandchildren, but the excited, delighted, and even slightly coy smile as she responds to Philip looks almost identical to the ‘young girl with a crush’ expression she wore during the earliest days of their relationship."

Though Prince Philip and the Queen are understood to have remained strong throughout their marriage, their journey hasn’t been an easy one as Prince Philip was forced to end his naval career and step back as she became the dominant one in the household. This significant moment is a change that can also be noted in their body language.

The Queen and Prince Philip at a sporting event

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

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"When Philip first became engaged to the then Princess Elizabeth their official poses all seemed to emphasize his dominant masculinity and power while Elizabeth’s shy, beaming smiles gave the impression of a besotted teenager," Judi analyzed.

But when Elizabeth was crowned in 1953, their status signals shifted. 

“The status signals changed dramatically when Elizabeth became Elizabeth II and Philip kneeled before his young wife in an act of public deference at her coronation.”

Though that didn't stop the pair from enjoying a happily married life together and it's been widely reported that the couple still thoroughly enjoyed each other's company even after so many years together. 

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."