Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been through it all in their 70 years of marriage and they can teach us a thing or two about love. They’ve been through alleged affairs, the shocking and tragic death of Princess Diana, their daughter-in-law, and more recently, the birth of their great-grandchildren. Even though they’ve been through so much, the couple has always had the unwavering love and support of each other and we’ve all be blessed to see this love story unfold over the years. A body language expert confirmed with Good Housekeeping that the love is alive and well even though the public doesn’t see any PDA. Bianca Cobb, body language expert and author of Methods of the Masters, told Good Housekeeping: “When you look beyond the royal formality of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s public appearances, you clearly see Prince Philip’s love and adoration for his Queen.”
The Prince does whatever he can to try and be closer to his wife. In the case of many of the images shown, you can see that he’s almost always looking directly at her. The Queen on the other hand, is quite reserved and is always trying to prove her independence. Body language expert and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, Patti Wood told Good Housekeeping: “Queen Elizabeth is always trying to be seen as her own person.”
The Queen is more often than not seen leaning on her husband not out of affection but out of necessity. This doesn’t mean that she isn’t affectionate with Prince Philip. It only means that she waits for the moment the world isn’t watching to show her love. When the Prince leans towards his wife, the Queen that shows that he is completely focused on her. Even when they are at a formal ceremony and there are millions of people watching, his eyes are only on her. To compliment his lean, the Prince isn’t afraid to crack a beaming smile to show his pure joy at being by his Queen’s side. It’s probably expected of the royal couple to be more by-the-book compared to the younger generations of royals but despite the formality of the occasion, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth have a secret ritual of touch that’s subtle but full of love: a hand hold. “This type of hand hold is seen time and time again,” says Wood. “It’s more formal than interlocking fingers but it’s unique to them. It’s their way of reassurance and comfort.”
As the couple have grown older, though, it’s evident that the Queen has become more dependent on Prince Philip. “In her older years, the Queen holds hands with the Prince for assistance as opposed to affection,” explains Woods. The Prince is ever-present and always ready for the Queen’s needs. “He’s constantly looking at the Queen to make sure that she’s okay. He’s completely in tune with her needs,” says Cobb. Even after spending close to a lifetime together, the Queen and her Prince are still madly in love and this just proves that there’s hope for the rest of us mere mortals.