Prince Philip and Queen play croquet in rare photos from when they first met in 1939

The historic black and white photos show a time when Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was tasked with caring for Princess Elizabeth

Prince Philip and the Queen played croquet

Rare photos provide a glimpse into the time when Prince Philip first met the Queen at the Britannia Royal Naval College in 1939.

Among the historic photos released by the Department of Defense is the couple playing croquet together.

The photos, in black and white, show a time when Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was given the task of caring for Princess Elizabeth after there was a mumps outbreak.

A series of six tweets from the Ministry of Defense says: “In 1939 HRH the Duke of Edinburgh met Her Majesty the Queen for the first time at Britannia Royal Naval College.

The photos show the time when then-Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was tasked with looking after Princess Elizabeth after there was an outbreak of mumps that prevented them from going to church.







Rare photos show when Prince Philip first met the Queen
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One of the rare photos is of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip playing croquet.

“These photos were found in the private family album of the then College Captain Capt F Dalrymple-Hamilton. The photo album came into the possession of the Britannia Royal Naval College before 1980.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty The Queen had been married for 73 years, and their wedding took place in November 1947.

HRH Prince Philip, Britain’s longest serving consort, resigned from the Royal Navy in 1952 to assist in royal duties.







The series of historic photos has been posted online by the Ministry of Defence
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The Duke was the Queen’s companion for over 70 years.

His support was unwavering as he stood by her side through every decade of her reign.

He was the longest-serving wife in British history and supported the country’s longest-reigning monarch.







The Queen and Prince Philip (pictured in 2006)
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Their compatibility led to a long and successful marriage – despite their contrasting personalities – with Philip seen as adventurous and rambunctious, and the Queen as more passive, cautious and conventional.

Always one step behind Elizabeth, the Duke kept the monarch at the center but accompanied her through the triumphs and tribulations of her role as head of state.

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