Queen Elizabeth Prince Philip honeymoon

Queen Elizabeth: Why did she and Prince Philip choose to honeymoon in the UK?

Queen Elizabeth, 91, married Prince Philip, 96, in 1947 at Westminster Abbey after meeting in 1939.

They have since been married for over 70 years, and celebrated their anniversary together last year.

As part of the celebrations, they visited Malta for their second honeymoon, due to its memories that the two share of it.

Shortly after their marriage, the couple were stationed there for two years which were some of their fondest memories.

But this wasn’t the destination they picked for their initial honeymoon.

The royal couple chose to honeymoon in the UK with two destinations to visit

The royal couple chose to honeymoon in the UK with two destinations to visit.

Their first port of call was to visit Broadlands House in Hampshire, which was owned by Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle.

As part of this, they stayed in an 18th-century lodge surrounded by trees and went deer-stalking.

They went on to visit Birkhall in Scotland, where the Queen grew up with her sisters.

It was bought by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria as part of the Balmoral estate, and it is now owned by Prince Charles who chose the same destination for his honeymoon to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Queen Elizabeth Prince Philip honeymoon

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip chose two UK homes to honeymoon in

But why did the young couple choose to stay in the UK as opposed to a foreign country?

The wedding came at a difficult time, as it was post World War II.

Queen Elizabeth’s dress was even famously paid for with rationing coupons.

To further prove that the austerity wedding was not being seen as outlandish, this could have played a part in their choice of honeymoon destination.

By staying in the UK in homes that they owned or were owned by family members, they avoided an expensive trip abroad.

Queen Elizabeth Prince Philip honeymoon

Queen Elizabeth: Their wedding was post-war and seen as an austerity wedding

Where did other royal family members choose for their honeymoon?

Many couples took to the sea for their honeymoon; Prince Charles and Princess Diana sailed around the Mediterranean whilst Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson explored the Azores Islands by boat.

Prince William and Kate Middleton chose beautiful Seychelles in East Africa, with a private lodge on one of the islands for privacy.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s honeymoon destination has since been revealed as the pair are to wed later this month.

The newest royal couple are expected to honeymoon in Namibia in Africa, staying at the Hoanib Valley Camp which is still being built.

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