Together, they saw it all through the good times and the bad. The Queen and Prince Philip remained side by side right to the end. Now she grieves for her husband, whose guidance meant so much.
During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But, throughout, he has been a constant strength and guide.
Even as a teenager setting out in life, Philip was already there. It was at a society wedding when the handsome prince from Greece was first seen to offer the young Princess and her sister his gentle support. Their engagement was initially kept secret until Elizabeth turned 21, but news of their marriage captured the public's imagination and the nation's heart.
Well, this was a day of national rejoicing, a day indeed which had caught the imagination of men and women all over the world.
And their wedding put the couple truly center stage in a national pageant.
The pair had expected to spend their early years of marriage in Malta. Philip was stationed there with the navy, and his career was progressing fast.
It was on the next day that the Princess and the Duke attended the saddle club dance at the Hotel Phoenicia.
But those carefree days would end much sooner than expected. With King George VI dying age just 56, the Duke gave it all up to concentrate on royal duties.
但那些無憂無慮的日子比預期還要早結束。英國國王喬治六世年僅 56 歲逝世，愛丁堡公爵放棄了一切，決定專注在皇室職務上。
It's naturally disappointing because I just been promoted to commander. And, in fact, the most interesting part of a naval career was just starting. But then equally, if I stopped and thought about it, well, um—being married to the Queen—it seemed to me that my first duty was to serve her in the best way I could.
It was the start of a partnership which caught the attention of millions around the world. Three-quarters of the population of Australia turned out to see them on their first visit down under. The sea of faces followed the couple wherever they went. Over the decades, they became a formidable partnership. And although the Queen was the center of attention, they took on the world as a team.
He was always supporting her, but they make a unique team together. We're very lucky to have two such strong people, and who were never rivals.
Philip's sense of fun and ability to put the Queen at ease helped to relieve the pressure of many formal occasions.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm afraid the Queen forgot to bring her glasses with her since I've been asked to read her speech.
He's left his hand under, is it?
And his willingness to embrace change and technology helped them take the monarchy forward together.
But at the age of 96, the Duke was ready for a break. He stepped away from public life with the Queen's blessing after more than 22,000 engagements. At the time, it was expected that the rest of the family would step in to accompany the Queen. Instead, Prince Andrew's been forced out, and Harry and Meghan have acrimoniously withdrawn from royal life.
Sheltering from the pandemic at Windsor Castle, the Queen's had a lot to weather. But she's continued to press on with her public duties.
To do that by yourself, I think, would be a very, very lonely place to be, but I think to have the support of your husband there by your side on those occasions and behind closed doors as well—I think it's really special.
After a life with him, Queen Elizabeth must now face her future without him. Britain's widow Queen. And in this new solo journey, she'll be looking for the support of her family to continue life without the companionship of the consort, who was with her for so long.