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    Queen Elizabeth Marks First Wedding Anniversary Without Prince Phillip

    The Queen marks her first wedding anniversary without husband Prince Phillip, 74 years after they tied the knot.

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    Queen Elizabeth II was just 21 years old when she married Phillip Mountbatten, then 26, at Westminster Abbey.

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    The then Princess Elizabeth first laid eyes on Philip when she was 13 years old and the Prince was 18 – about to embark on a career in the Royal Navy.

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    While on a trip to Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College with her parents and sister, Princess Margaret, the future monarch was struck by Philip’s “Viking” good looks.

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    The future Queen’s teenage crush developed into a friendship between the pair, and over the years they exchanged letters.

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    In 1947, when Princess Elizabeth had turned 21, her engagement to Philip Mountbatten was formally announced.

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