Princess Elizabeth met Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1934 at a wedding and again in 1937. After another meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939, Elizabeth fell in love with Philip and they began to exchange letters. The
couple became secretly engaged in 1946, when Philip asked King George VI for his daughter's hand in marriage. The King granted his request providing any formal engagement was delayed until Elizabeth's 21st birthday the following April. Their
engagement was officially announced on 9 July 1947.