She was a devoted wife and mother to four children, and a dedicated grandmother to eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren when she wasn’t busy with her official duties.
Until his death in 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh, “her beloved husband”, was always by the Queen’s side.
She was more widely travelled than any other international leader and the world’s oldest head of state,
always using her own distinctive form of quiet diplomacy to represent the United Kingdom around
She described the Duke as her “constant strength and stay” and in 2017 the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, the only royal couple to ever reach their platinum anniversary
She married her wartime sweetheart, Prince Philip, at Westminster Abbey in 1947 in a relatively simple ceremony. The country was still recovering from the war at that time.