The Duke’s ‘five-month stag do’ put Prince Philip and the Queen’s marriage to the test.

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The Duke’s ‘five-month stag do’ put the Duke and Queen’s marriage to the test.

The Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage was reportedly tested nine months into their marriage when he went on a solo royal tour – a period in their lives that was dramatized on The Crown.

In 1956, Prince Philip went on a solo royal tour of the Commonwealth countries, including New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and the Malay Peninsula, which put the Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage to the test.

In the second season of Netflix’s The Crown, the tense period in the royal marriage was depicted as a “five-month stag do.”

The relationship was put to the test by the poor communication methods of the time, with the nine-year-old couple only being able to communicate via telegram, letter, and the occasional hard-to-hear telephone conversation.

During the royal tour, Philip is shown to be unfaithful to Queen Elizabeth while being cheered on by his companions.

Despite the rumors of Philip’s adultery, including his alleged relationships with cabaret legend Helene Cordet and writer Daphne du Maurier, Time reports that there has never been any evidence to prove he had an affair.

When Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 12, 2021, at the age of 99, the royal couple had been married for over seventy years.

“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,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

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

Her Majesty and Prince Philip were married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, in the first-ever live broadcast of a British royal wedding.

The venue, which was also used for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, was broadcast to an audience of 200 million people on BBC Radio.

“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 entire family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” the Queen said on their Golden Anniversary in 2017.

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