They’re reportedly a normal couple behind the scenes—and a terribly adorable one at that.
With 70 years of marriage under their belts, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have got to be doing something right. After all, you don’t accidentally maintain the longest royal marriage in history while the entire world is watching your every move through a microscope.
That’s because beneath all the pageantry and traditions, they have a deep, loving, and totally-down-to-earth bond. Although they may seem stuffy and guarded in public, they’re reportedly a normal couple behind the scenes—and a terribly adorable one at that. Case in point: the Duke of Edinburgh’s crazy-cute pet name for the Queen. Royal biographers have confirmed that Philip, 96, often refers to his wife as “cabbage.” It has been speculated that the unique moniker may have originated with the French phrase "mon petit chou," which translates to "my little cabbage," as well as "my little pastry puff." Whatever the origin, we absolutely love it.
“Because she is the Queen, no one in the world treats Elizabeth II entirely—except for Prince Philip,” the couple’s biographer, Gyles Brandreth, wrote in an essay for Britain’s Radio Times. “Conversely, the Queen is the only person in the world who can say to the Duke of Edinburgh, ‘Oh Philip, do shut up.’ And she does.”