Over the course of the Queen’s long reign, her husband Prince Philip has been by her side. A senior member of the Royal Family, Philip was married to the Queen when she ascended the throne in 1952. The couple have four children together, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
How are the Queen and Prince Philip related to Queen Victoria?
The Queen and Prince Philip are distantly related, as they both have connections to Queen Victoria.
Through her father, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II is a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Through his mother’s lineage, Prince Philip is also a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children, all of whom married into different European royal houses.
As a result, the Queen and Prince Philip are also related through King Christian IX of Denmark.
The Queen’s father George VI was the son of King George V, who was the son of Alexandra of Denmark.
Alexandra of Denmark was the daughter of Christian IX, and she was married to Queen Victoria’s son Edward VII.
Christian IX was also Prince Philip’s paternal great-grandfather.
Philip’s father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, who was the son of Prince George I of Greece.
Prince George I of Greece was the son of Christian IX.
The Queen’s father George VI was a second cousin of Philip’s mother Princess Alice.
This would therefore make Elizabeth and Philip second cousins, once removed, through this connection.
Despite their royal connections, the Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage was not arranged by their families.
The couple announced their engagement when the then-Princess Elizabeth was 21 and they married in 1947.
This year in November, the Queen and Philip will mark a remarkable 74 years of marriage.
Philip and the Queen have been married for longer than the length of the Queen’s reign, with her Platinum Jubilee scheduled for 2022.