How Did All The British Royal Couples Meet?

Members of the British royal family may have titles, wealth, and privilege, but their romantic lives are very similar to those of regular citizens. Royal relationships are just like any other romantic partnership: they begin when two people meet and connect. Some members of the Windsor family met their significant others through friends; others found their spouse through fortuitous encounters. From Queen Elizabeth II's schoolgirl crush on Prince Philip to Princess Eugenie's Alpine romance, royal meet-cutes can be relatable, surprising, and extraordinary all at once.

But not all romantic meetings lead to happy endings, even for royals. The current British royal family has endured complicated, sometimes scandalous romances. Though Queen Elizabeth has been happily married to the same man for decades, her children's love lives have seemed significantly rockier; three of her four children went through divorces.

The queen's children may have struggled to find long-lasting love, but her grandchildren appear more successful. Marriages like the ones between Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have firm foundations.

But regardless of their ultimate outcomes, stories of how the Windsors met their spouses are as varied as the members of the royal family.