Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for more than 70 years, in addition to the mutual love they had for each other throughout their lives they had something else in common, a relative who was also monarch of Great Britain for 63 years since 1837.
Are The Queen and Prince Philip cousins?
Elizabeth and Philip are cousins, distant, but they are related. Both shared the same bloodline as they were related to Queen Victoria, who was Elizabeth’s paternal great-great-grandmother, while Philip is related to the monarch on her mother’s side.
Elizabeth II is a direct descendant on her father’s side. In February 1837, Victoria was crowned queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She married Prince Albert in 1840, and together they had nine children: four sons and five daughters. When Albert Prince Edward came to the throne in 1909 and nine years later, George V, Elizabeth’s grandfather, became king until 1936, when Elizabeth’s father, George VI, came to the throne.
Philip is a descendant on his mother’s side. Victoria’s second daughter, Princess Alice, was born in 1843. In 1862, she married Louis IV, the Grand Duke of Hesse. In 1863, Alice gave birth to her first child, Victoria, who married her father’s first cousin, Prince Ludwig of Battenberg, in 1884.
A year later, the couple had their first child, Princess Alice of Battenberg, Phillip’s mother who then married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903, after meeting him at Edward’s coronation in London the previous year. Together they had five children, Philip being the youngest, born in 1921. This makes Philip and Elizabeth third cousins.