Queen and Prince Philip sleep in separate beds because of bizarre tradition

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ’s rock solid marriage has lasted for 73 years.

But unlike many other married couples, the Royals don’t actually sleep in the same bed – or even the same room.

According to Lady Pamela Hick’s, the Duke of Edinburgh’s cousin, this comes from an upper class tradition.

When interviewed for a biography of the monarch in 2012, she explained: “In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms.

“You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around.

“Then when you are feeling cosy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose.”

Lady Pam’s claims were backed by Miami-based entrepreneur Eric Borukhin, who called separate bedrooms a “luxury”.

Referring to his wife Mia’s separate bedroom, he explained to Vanity Fair: “It’s a matter of convenience, if you can afford it.

“If you can have that extra room, it is basically a luxury.”

The arrangement clearly works for the Royal couple, and during lockdown they have reportedly enjoyed spending more quality time together.

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A source said: “One of the nicest things for the Queen is that she is getting to spend more time with her husband than she usually would.

“They have dinner together in the evenings and I imagine the Queen is of the generation where she dresses for dinner.”

This year the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will break tradition and spend Christmas at Windsor rather than Sandringham.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson explained: "Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”

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