Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search

10 moments from the life of Queen Elizabeth II

From the new book 'Elizabeth the Queen,' 10 new insights into the modern monarch.

- Molly Driscoll, Monitor contributor

By Alexandra Studio

4. Elizabeth accepted Prince Philip's proposal immediately

After periodically visiting the family – Philip and Elizabeth are third cousins – Philip proposed, and 20-year-old Elizabeth accepted without even asking her parents. But the engagement was kept secret until Elizabeth turned 21, so she had other male friends serve as escorts to any events she attended with Philip.

Read Comments

View reader comments | Comment on this story

  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer