Duke of Edinburgh’s sweet compliment to the Queen revealed

Prince Philip and the Queen are generally very private about their relationship

Prince Philip and the Queen attend The OUT-SOURCING Inc Royal Windsor Cup 2018 polo match
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Prince Philip and the Queen may prefer to keep their relationship private, but a source has claimed that one lovely compliment he paid to the Queen made the monarch flush “scarlet”. 

The Duke of Edinburgh married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 and the couple will celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary in November 2021. The Duke officially retired from public life in 2017, however he remains a vital part of the Royal Family. He and the Queen have always been very private about their relationship and do not generally openly display affection at royal engagements. 

It's also been suggested that the Queen has even set an example to the rest of the Royal Family when it comes to holding hands. 

Body language expert Robin Kermode is understood to have noted to Mail Online, “The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals”.

Despite the Queen maintaining complete professionalism with Prince Philip in public, she has previously been reported as calling him a "constant strength and guide".

But when it comes to Prince Philip’s comments about his wife, there’s supposedly one sweet compliment he paid her that made the Queen blush.

What compliment did Prince Philip pay the Queen? 

Speaking on Channel 5’s Secrets of Royal Dressmakers, royal expert Ingrid Seward shared the story she allegedly heard from designer Ian Thomas about when the Queen received a lovely comment from Prince Philip while Mr Thomas was adjusting the hem on her dress. 

Ms Seward revealed: "When he was doing the hem, Prince Philip walked through the Queen’s dressing room and said ‘hmh, nice dress’.”

"The Queen flushed scarlet,” she went on. “I always remember him telling me that story. She was just so thrilled to get the compliment from her husband."

Mr Thomas was the Queen's dress designer for more than 20 years, ensuring the monarch was wonderfully dressed for every occasion. 

Today the Queen’s outfits remain iconic. The fashion choices of younger royals such as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex also consistently capture imaginations around the world. Duchess Catherine was recently named 'best fashion influencer' for her lockdown wardrobe, so impactful are her clothing choices.

The ongoing effects of the pandemic meant many royal engagements were sadly cancelled last year. Already this year, the Queen has had to cancel her annual garden parties.

We can only wait and see if the Queen will once again undertake many royal engagements via video call this year.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!