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Queen Elizabeth Almost Had A Different Husband

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This year Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will mark their 70th wedding anniversary, but they might have never made it this far if Elizabeth hadn't fought for the right to marry the man she loved.

After falling in love at the age of 18 with the young Greek navel officer, people were concerned that they wouldn't make a good match. Elizabeth's father, King George VI, and courtiers at the palace were not keen on her marrying Philip Mountbatten.

"So, it was only natural that the older generation — friends of the King like Lord Salisbury — were concerned that who the Queen was with was totally and utterly suitable," said Sir Edward Ford, the assistant private secretary. "So they were sniffing around to see what he was like."

That didn't stop Elizabeth from fighting to marry the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

"One of Elizabeth’s greatest achievements is being allowed to marry the love of her life. Like any marriage, it would undertake endless recalibration and navigation and re-negotiation," said The Crown's executive producer Suzanne Mackie.

Biographer Sally Bendell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen said, "She fell in love at age 18 and never looked at anyone else."

Ford noted that Philip always had an inner confidence that helped to win over the Royal Family.

"He was a perfectly natural young sailor and very much in love with the girl of the house. But he would not in any way fawn on the elders and say, ‘What a suitable husband I am going to be," Ford said.

Continue to the next page to see what they had to do to be together.

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