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Old 08-02-2015, 04:23 PM
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I've always loved interviews of the Mountbatten sisters and Margaret Rhodes was a fascinating and charming lady who seems to have a very good sense of humour.

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Old 08-02-2015, 04:35 PM
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In one of the DoE's biographies they talked about how the courtiers at the palace were not a fan of Elizabeth picking him, they felt she needed to marry an Englishman. She'd been impressed by Phillip since she was 14, not surprising the King didn't veto her choice.


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Old 08-02-2015, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Lee27 View Post
What more did the government require for Prince Philip to prove his loyalty to Great Britain?? One would think that putting one's life in danger serving a country during war would be enough.
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I'm no royal expert but this is not an "untold" story. it is mentioned in most royal biographies covering HMQ, DoE, QEQM and Mountbatten. It was discussed in much of the media at various key dates such as wedding anniversaries.Maybe it is just new to Channel 4
Yes indeed, obviously risking life and limb not to mention being an inspired and decorated Naval Officer certainly wasn't enough for the bigots. But once again I find myself irritated by the inflammatory rubbish that is the title of the documentary itself, "Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King", not to mention their advertising with photos of Philip walking behind a coffin with a group of German Brownshirt and SS Officers.

That Princess Elizabeth should fall in love at first sight at such a young age (13) would dismay any parent although I think we have to remember that people married younger in those days. Most grow out of it but Elizabeth did not even though she was a serious young girl and woman, being groomed for the throne by a loving father that wanted to ensure she had the backbone to hold the crown.

That "suitable" young men were paraded in front of her was a given, yet Elizabeth never wavered and, strangely enough, I think her father and perhaps even her mother came to understand how steadfast both she and he were and that she'd need a man of strength to love and be loved by when she became Queen.

In allowing the marriage I believe that King George thought she was going to have more than her fair share of difficulties when she became Queen. Being married to someone she loved and had the strength to both love and support her could only make things a little easier to bear, knowing as he did that there were many plotting and planning on how to exploit a young queen. In point of fact, the only plot mentioned was that to usurp Princess Elizabeth's right to stand Regent for her Father. That was almost treasonous, saved only by the fact that the King recovered. At least they got that part right.

As to all the "shock and scandal" of Philip's relatives, as cepe said, there is no "untold story". But with it's unsavoury advertising hints I am sure it made money from advertising and selling the documentary itself.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:26 PM
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Very interesting view, i recommend it

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