Philip was charged with entertaining Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret, and suggested they jump nets on the tennis courts. Elizabeth is thought to have marvelled to her governess about how high Philip, who was in the navy, could jump.
They wrote to one another in the following years, and Elizabeth kept a picture of Philip on her mantle.
Robert Lacey, a royal biographer, said in the documentary Our Queen at War: “Elizabeth, only 13, she meets the man with whom she fell in love with that day.
“It gave her the same sense of identity with British women during the war, their man was away, risking his life, which Philip did.”
Judi said of the meeting between the young pair: “They jumped tennis nets; they played croquet with her parents, but then finally, on her visit to the Royal Naval College, the future Queen Elizabeth was alone with the man who was to be her husband.
“It’s easy to read this pose in the context of their 72 year marriage but isn’t there something rather telling about the body language of the pair here, even thought the Queen was just 13 and Philip a cadet of 18?
“Philip’s openly-ambitious relatives might of course have engineered this meet-up, with Philip being recruited to entertain Elizabeth and Margaret during the visit and, as a very dashing and grown-up-looking teenager, he must have seemed a generation away from Elizabeth, who was still dressed in identical clothing as her sister, including white ankle socks.
“The size of the space between them here suggests a respectful and rather cautious approach but the way Elizabeth is staring across at Philip suggest she might have been hugely impressed by him even then.
“With her hands clasped in front she looks confident and poised. Early film clips of her at that age show a fun, lively girl with a passion for performing to the camera and some of that confidence appears visible here as she smiles across at Philip rather than showing signs of shyness.”
Judi recently claimed Queen Elizabeth II trusts Sophie Countess of Wessex with an important role in the Royal Family.
Judi said: “Sophie looks suspiciously like woman the queen trusts to keep an eye on some of the younger royals, offering support and some industrial-strength ice-breaking during their recent frosty get-togethers.”
Judi claims the Countess quietly fulfils this role, and did so back in March when Harry and former-actress Megahn Markle left the Royal Family.
She said: “We can see her offering that support during William and Kate’s last public appearance with Harry and Meghan as well as looking like a very comforting and relaxing presence when it’s just her and Kate alone.”