10 moments from the life of Queen Elizabeth II

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

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.

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