Prince Philip’s last year by the Queen’s side has not been without its challenges but their "bantering relationship" saw them through.

The Royal Family faced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as senior Royal, an explosive interview, criticism over Prince Andrew’s alleged friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and the pandemic.

Her Majesty one described the Duke of Edinburgh as her "strength and stay," a "remarkable man" whom the Firm is indebted to.

Elizabeth II first met her consort aged just 8 at the wedding of Princess Marina and Prince George, the Duke of Kent.

The couple met again five years later at Dartmouth Royal Navy College in 1939, and that’s where their romance began.

At first, the Royal Family disapproved of Philip, who at the time was without a name due to his family’s tragic past.

He eventually won them over with his charming charisma, athletic skills, and looks, and the pair were allowed to formally date.

Philip’s World War II service didn’t stop the couple’s relationship in its tracks either as the pair sent letters back and forth until the Duke was allowed to go home.

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Her Majesty and the Queen got engaged and announced they would be married in 1947.

Just a few months later, on November 20, 1947 they married at Westminster Abbey in London.

The couple were wed for just three and a half years before Elizabeth II took on her role as Queen following the death of her father, George VI on 6 February 1952.

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Prince Philip stayed by the Queen's side for more than 73 years, developing a “very good relationship” with his wife, royal expert Ingrid Seward told Daily Star.

Speaking to Daily Star back in October, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said the couple “developed into quite the little team” over the years.

The Duke would be the Queen’s "rock" and the pair shared a "waspish whit" that meant they were "really very funny" together.

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Despite Prince Philip being "really very old," the Duke of Edinburgh was still "probably quite charming" to Elizabeth II.

The pair's "bantering relationship" helped the Queen throughout her reign, even in the last year, which has been tough for the Royal Family, Ms Seward claims.

Ms Seward said: "I think the Queen and Prince Philip have a very good relationship, they’ve developed into quite the little team. They’re really very funny and have a waspish whit, as we’ve all seen.

"I think Philip and the Queen just get on, which isn’t always the case, and have quite a bantering relationship.

"He is really very old and I’m sure he spends a lot of time being quite grump but really, their relationship is probably quite charming, and helpful in tough times."

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