The Queen and Prince Philip: The Early Years

by Helen Cathcart


Synopsis:

A celebration of the love story between Britain’s longest reigning monarch and her royal consort. 


If I am asked today what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can reply with simplicity and conviction. I am for it.’ – The Queen, 20th November 1972

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip enjoyed seventy-three years of happy married life together – the longest marriage of any royal British couple in history.


But how did they meet? What did their families think of their burgeoning relationship? What obstacles did the young couple face before and after their marriage? And how did a childhood friendship grow into the love story of the century?

In The Queen and Prince Philip royal biographer Helen Cathcart superbly reconstructs the early years of Elizabeth and Philip’s relationship, tracing their growing affection from the summer of 1939, when ‘Lilibet’ was a teenager and Philip a dashing navy cadet, through their wartime courtship and magnificent wedding in 1947 at Westminster Abbey. She skillfully narrates their adjustment to new parenthood in Clarence House and how, shortly afterwards, both their lives changed forever when Elizabeth ascended the throne as Queen in 1952 and Philip became Prince Consort.

Set against a revealing background of family and wider social events, this is the first full story of their early years together as husband and wife documented from family letters, royal journals and the personal recollections of those close to the royal couple.


My Thoughts: With Prince Philip’s passing a week ago, I was very interested in reading this new book about his and Queen Elizabeth’s lives together. I found this book on their early years and its just perfect for what I wanted. A love story for the ages. Its part of The Royal House of Windsor, which has 2 books, this one and The Queen Mother. Prince Philip is being laid to rest today and is certainly on the minds of millions. He was 99 years old, and they had a very long and happy marriage of 73 years, which I believe I read is a royal record. It’s an amazingly long time for a couple to be together and it highlights the love story and good match between these two.

I found the book to be an enjoyable relating of their early years together, taken from family letters, royal journals, and personal memories of those who knew them best. Recommended. I will be reading the other book in this set next when it comes out on April 28th, since I liked this one so well. I found an article in the New York Times/SunSentinel from November 1997 which claims that Helen Cathcart is actually the pen name for one Harold Albert who died on October 20th, 1997 at the age of 88. So I’m very puzzled who the real author of this new book is. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1997-11-10-9711090167-story.html Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Helen Cathcart, and the publisher.


The Queen and Prince Philip
Back cover


Publisher: Sapere Books – 229 pages
Published: Apr 14th, 2021
My rating: 5/5 STARS


About the Author– I found an article in the New York Times/SunSentinel from November 1997 which claims that Helen Cathcart is actually the pen name for one Harold Albert who died on October 20th, 1997 at the age of 88. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1997-11-10-9711090167-story.html So who wrote this book?


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