'Philip Enjoys Driving and Does It Fast!' This 1947 Letter from Then-Princess Elizabeth Reveals How She Fell in Love

Letter Up for Auction Shows How the Queen and Prince Philip Fell In Love
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04/14/2016 AT 04:45 PM EDT

They've been together for 68 years – and the beginnings of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's love story was epic from the start.

A newly revealed letter from the Queen to author Betty Shew, who was writing a souvenir book in honor of the Queen's 1947 wedding, casts intimate light on the then-Princess Elizabeth's private thoughts about beginnings of her relationship with Prince Philip – then Philip Mountbatten.

Today, the letter is part of a collection of royal memorabilia that will be up for auction this month.

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The two first met, the Queen writes, at the Royal Naval College in July 1939, just before World War II broke out. She was just 13 years old, but was charmed by the 18-year-old naval cadet. After the war began, the two only saw each other "occasionally" when Philip was on leave.

As their relationship grew, the two started spending more time together, especially when Philip accepted a job at an officers' school in England and was able to visit more.

"He'd spend weekends with us, and when the school was closed he spent six weeks at Balmoral," she wrote. "It was great luck his getting a short job first them!"

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Further into their relationship – but before their engagement – they'd drive out in his sports car together.

"Philip enjoys driving and does it fast!" she wrote. "He has his own tiny M.G. which he is very proud of – he has taken me about in it, once up to London, which was great fun, only it was like sitting on the road, and the wheels are almost as high as one’s head."

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She also discussed her new engagement ring, telling Shew that Philip designed it himself.

If you want to get your hands on this piece of royal history in a few weeks, it'll cost you: It's expected to go for as much as $1,700.
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