But he nearly did not get the gig.
By all accounts 13-year-old Lilibet, as she was then recognized, was immediately smitten when she noticed the 19-year-old cadet throughout a tour of the Royal Navy School in Dartmouth, Devon. As her governess Marion “Crawfie” Crawford would later write, the then-princess “by no means took her eyes off” the 6-foot blonde with intense blue eyes and chiseled options, though, he “didn’t pay her any particular consideration.”
So far as he was involved, he would inform biographer Basil Boothroyd, “It was a really amusing expertise, happening board the yacht and assembly them, and that kind of factor, and that was that.”
Nonetheless, Elizabeth, the presumptive future queen, had made her selection. Her cousin Margaret Rhodes would later element in her autobiography that Elizabeth “was actually in love from the very starting.”
It was a sentiment Philip’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, would echo in a letter to Charles years later, writing, “Mummy by no means severely considered the rest after the Dartmouth encounter.”