An enduring union
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are one of the planet’s most enduring “old married couples.” Find out the secrets behind their lasting love.
They’re third cousins via Queen Victoria
Both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria:
Queen Victoria’s eldest son was King Edward VI, whose eldest son was King George V, whose second son was Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.
Queen Victoria’s second daughter and third child was Princess Alice, whose daughter, Princess Victoria of Hesse, was the mother of Princess Alice of Battenberg, Philip’s mother.
They’re second cousins once removed, via King Christian IX
Queen Elizabeth II is the great-great-granddaughter of King Christian IX of Denmark, while Prince Philip is the great-grandson of the same king.
The Queen: As noted, Queen Elizabeth II is the great-granddaughter of King Edward VII, whose wife was Alexandra – a daughter of King Christian IX.
Prince Philip: As noted, Prince Philip was the son of Alice of Battenberg, whose husband (Philip’s father) was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark – a son of King George I of Greece, a son of King Christian IX.