You were so calm composed during the Service and said your words with such conviction, that I knew everything was all right .
I have watched you grow up all these years with pride under the skilful direction of Mummy, who, as you know is the most marvellous person in the World in my eyes, I can, I know, always count on you, now Philip, to help us in our work. Your leaving us has left a great blank in our lives but do remember that your old home is still yours do come back to it as much as often as possible. I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip which is right but don’t forget us is the wish of
Prince Charles, now The Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the throne, was born in 1948, and his sister, Princess Anne, now The Princess Royal, two years later.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951, where Prince Philip was an officer in the Mediterranean Fleet.
Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were the first children to be born to a reigning monarch since Queen Victoria had her family.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s grandchildren are Peter and Zara Phillips (b. 1977 and 1981); Prince William of Wales and Prince Henry of Wales (b. 1982 and 1984); Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1988 and 1990); and The Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn (b.2003 and 2007).
Their great grandchildren are Savannah Phillips (b. 2010 and Isla Phillips (b. 2012), children of Peter and Autumn Phillips; Prince George (b. 2013), Princess Charlotte (b. 2015), and Prince Louis (b. 2018) children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Mia Tindall (b.2014), Lena Tindall (b. 2018) and Lucas Tindall (b. 2021), children of Zara and Mike Tindall; Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (b. 2019) and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor (b. 2021), children of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex; and ), son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
In 2015, The Duke of Cambridge wrote fondly of his grandmother in the preface to ‘Elizabeth II: The Steadfast’, a biography of The Queen by Lord Hurd:
In 2007 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh became the first couple in the Royal Family to celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary (60 years).
During a speech at the lunch to mark their Golden Wedding at London’s Guildhall in 1997 Her Majesty said of His Royal Highness:
‘He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments. He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.’
Family life has remained an essential support to The Queen. The family usually spends Christmas together at Sandringham in Norfolk, attending church on Christmas Day.
Our children, and all my family, have given me such love and unstinting help over the years, and especially in recent months
In 2002, her Golden Jubilee year, Her Majesty spoke of her family’s support, especially following the recent deaths of her mother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and her sister Princess Margaret:
‘I take this opportunity to mention the strength I draw from my own family. The daf ne iÅŸe yarar Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past fifty years, as he has to so many charities and organisations with which he has been involved.
We both have a special place in our hearts for our children. I want to express my admiration for The Prince of Wales and for all he has achieved for this country. ‘