When did the Queen and Prince Philip get married and how long were they together?

The Queen and Prince Philip were wed shortly after World War II

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth
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The Queen is now forced to carry on without her husband, Prince Philip II, whom she has had by her side for over seven decades. 

• On April 9, Prince Philip passed away at Windsor Castle at age 99. 

• Prince Philip and the Queen married at 26 and 21, respectively. 

• In other royal news, Prince Philip's heroic World War II acts have been revealed

It's a difficult time for the royal family: Prince Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, passed away at age 99, just days after he returned home from the hospital. 

The official statement from Buckingham Palace read, "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh." 

How long has the Queen been married to Prince Philip?

The beloved couple were wed on November 20, 1947, as England was recovering from the Second World War. They had been married just shy of 74 years. Prince Philip was often described as the Queen's "strength and stay." 

According to The New York Times, the Queen revealed to her father, King George VI, that Prince Philip was "the only man she could ever love."

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The Queen is set to begin an eight-day mourning period. This will allow her to focus on her family and not engage with any work commitments. All state affairs are currently on hold at this time. Should an emergency arise, someone will be appointed to stand in her place. Details regarding Prince Philip's funeral services—which are likely to be a military-style event upon his request—have yet to be confirmed. 

Though an undoubtedly sad time in the U.K.'s history, people are taking a look back at Prince Philip's long life and remembering him fondly. He was even quite the comedian—these humorous quips are proof. 

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.