How the Queen Fought to Marry the Love of Her Life, Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth had to fight for the love of her life.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Princess Anne and Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Phillip and Queen ELizabeth Photo (C) KEYSTONE-FRANCEGAMMA-RAPHOGETTY
Prince Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Phillip and Queen ELizabeth Photo (C) KEYSTONE-FRANCEGAMMA-RAPHOGETTY
11. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips' son and the Queen’s grandson was Christened Master Peter Mark Andrew Phillips on December 22, 1977 Photo (C) Getty Images
11. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips’ son and the Queen’s grandson was Christened Master Peter Mark Andrew Phillips on December 22, 1977 Photo (C) Getty Images

As depicted on the hit Netflix series The Crown, whispering courtiers – along with Elizabeth’s father King George VI – had reservations about Philip Mountbatten, a young, dashing naval officer. But the young Elizabeth only ever had eyes for Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillips and Prince Charles Arrivals at the 60th Anniversary Coronation Service Photo (C) Getty Images, AP, Rex, PA
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillips and Prince Charles Arrivals at the 60th Anniversary Coronation Service Photo (C) GQueen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillips and Prince Charles Arrivals at the 60th Anniversary Coronation Service Photo (C) Getty Images, AP, Rex, PAetty Images, AP, Rex, PA

Biographer Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, “She fell in love at age 18 and she never looked at anyone else.”

Says Crown executive producer Suzanne Mackie: “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.”

Embargoed to 0001 BST Thursday April 21, 2016. Conditions of use: This image may be used free of charge, internationally, for 21 days from release, until 12th May 2016. For use or reproduction in any format on any platform after this date, please refer to Royal Communications for approval. This official photograph, released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle's semi-State apartments. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen's handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen's eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen's arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photo (C) Annie Leibovitz / PA Wire
Embargoed to 0001 BST Thursday April 21, 2016. Conditions of use: This image may be used free of charge, internationally, for 21 days from release, until 12th May 2016. For use or reproduction in any format on any platform after this date, please refer to Royal Communications for approval.
This official photograph, released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle’s semi-State apartments. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photo (C) Annie Leibovitz / PA Wire

The late Sir Edward Ford, who was assistant private secretary from 1952-67, has confirmed the skittishness felt by the older guard. He previously told PEOPLE, “Some were very concerned. The line was slightly tenuous at that point. 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. So they were sniffing around to see what he was like.”

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge talk to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge talk to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

But Ford noted that Philip always had an inner confidence. “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.’ He was very much his own man.”

That same year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip posed with their four grandchildren: Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, and Zara Phillips
That same year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip posed with their four grandchildren: Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, and Zara Phillips

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