Prince Philip and Queen’s marriage was ‘tested’ by Duke’s ‘five-month stag do’

The Queen and Prince Philip's marriage was tested when Philip embarked on a solo royal tour around the commonwealth countries including New Guinea, Sri Lanka and the Malay Peninsula in 1956.

Netflix hit The Crown explored the tense time in the royal marriage in its second season – portraying the tour as a "five-month stag do".

The relationship was particularly tested due to the poor communication methods of the time – with the couple of nine years only able to communicate through telegram, letter and the odd hard-to-hear telephone conversation.

In the TV show, Philip is portrayed as being unfaithful to Queen Elizabeth during the royal tour while being cheered on by his accompanying travellers.

But despite the rumours surrounding Philip's adultery, including his supposed links to cabaret legend Helene Cordet and writer Daphne du Maurier, there has never been any evidence to prove he had an affair, Time reports.

The royal couple had been married more than seventy years when Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 12, 2021 at the age of 99.

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Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

Her Majesty and Prince Philip were wed at Westminster Abbey on Nov 20, 1947 in the first ever British royal wedding to be broadcast live.

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The venue, also chosen for Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, was broadcast by BBC Radio to an audience of 200million.

On their Golden anniversary in 2017, the Queen said: "He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."

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