What a joke! The secret of the Queen and Prince Philip's 70-year marriage

The Queen and Prince Philip laughing at the Braemar Games Credit: Andrew Parsons/i-Images

A good sense of humour features high on dating websites as a desirable quality (“GSOH”), but with the 70-year marriage of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, it is more a case of SSOH – a shared sense of humour. Those who know the couple best say it has been their enduring ability to laugh at the same things that has sustained their partnership over decades of intense scrutiny in the public spotlight.

“You have to list companionship, friendship and shared experience as having seen them through to this remarkable anniversary,” says Jennie Bond, former BBC royal correspondent, “as well as a very deep love between them. But a big part of what has kept them going over so many years is the fact they can share a joke together.”

The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy a chuckle during their 1984 state visit to Canada, as a flypast drowns out the welcoming speech Credit:  Erin Combs/Toronto Star via Getty Images

From her 14 years of covering royal tours around the globe, Bond recalls one episode in particular to illustrate her point. In October 2002, the royal couple were in Winnipeg...

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