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Prince Philip gave heartfelt response after finding out wife was to become Queen

Prince Philip could not hide his true feelings when told the Queen's father had died 70 years ago.

When George VI died on February 6, 1952, his 25-year-old daughter Elizabeth was in Kenya at the beginning of a huge royal tour of the Commonwealth.

Her Majesty ascended to the Crownand has since become the country's longest-reigning monarch but it was left to Philip to break the news to her.

Without today's technology for instant international communication, it was some time before the sad news reached the royal party.

The Queen's aides were the first to learn of George VI's passing and decided to speak to Philip and let him tell his wife, the Mirror reports.

According to Lady Pamela Hicks, the Queen's lady-in-waiting, Philip knew the Queen would be heartbroken on hearing the news.

In her book Daughter of Empire, Lady Pamela says that Martin Charteris, the Queen's private secretary went in to tell Philip, who lifted his newspaper to cover his face in a gesture of despair, saying: ‘This will be such a blow’.”

Philip then went to tell the Queen and aides watched as the couple walked back and forth through the garden.

What was said is a mystery but Pamela tells how afterwards the Queen “remained completely calm and said simply: ‘I am so sorry. This means we all have to go home.’”

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The group began their hasty journey back to Britain on the royal BOAC Argonaut, refuelling in Libya where a black coat, handbag and shoes were delivered for the mourning period.

The Queen arrived back in mourning garb to meet dignitaries including Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Since then, Her Majesty usually marks February 6, the day of her ascension, in private at Sandringham, where her father died.

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This is the first jubilee without her husband Philip by her side following his death aged 99 last April.

The Queen met the love of her life at the age of 13 when an 18-year-old blond Royal Navy cadet caught her eye.

She was said to be “overwhelmed” with Philip during this first real interaction between her and her future husband.

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