Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 70th anniversary: Who's 'in charge' in their marriage?

As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip gear up to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20, royal experts are looking back at their storied romance in the public eye and sharing new details about their relationship.

In a revealing new People cover story, historian Robert Lacey -- who also serves as a consultant for Netflix's hit series "The Crown" -- explained that while Her Majesty takes charge in public, it's Philip who runs their private lives.

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"Within the marriage, [Philip] was in charge of virtually everything," Lacey told People.

The British and global public have long been curious about what the couple, who wed on November 20, 1947, is like behind closed doors, especially because their demeanors are often considered to be so different. But it's their difference in nature that have held up their marriage for so long; in order words, they balance each other out.

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This official photograph released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth with her husband, Prince Philip, and was taken at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain just after Easter 2016. Annie Leibovitz/Handout via Reuters - THIS IMAGE MAY BE USED FREE OF CHARGE, INTERNATIONALLY, FOR 14 DAYS FROM RELEASE, UNTIL FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016. AFTER THIS DATE, FOR USE OR REPRODUCTION IN ANY FORMAT ON ANY PLATFORM, PLEASE REFER TO ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR APPROVAL. NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth, and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
POUNDBURY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the unveiling of a statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother during a visit to Poundbury on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip fly back from a visit to Yorkshire in an Andover of the Queen's Flight, in a photo taken during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary The Royal Family.
LONDON - JUNE 1: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh chat during the Gulf Parade in London on June 1, 1991. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 20: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh wear safety glasses during a laser surgery demonstration at the opening of University College Hospital in London on October the 20th 2005. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
1947: H R H Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their engagement at Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward waving to the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping of the Colour. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1947: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth with her husband Philip, son Charles and daughter Anne. She is the future Queen Elizabeth II of England. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Christmas at Windsor Castle is shown here with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip shown putting finishing touches to Christmas tree, in a photo made recently during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary, The Royal Family.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Gulf War Victory Parade in the City of London on June 21, 1991 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
ICELAND - JUNE 25: The Queen And Prince Philip In Iceland. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, sits in the House of Lords before delivering her speech at the State Opening of Parliament May 14. Prime Minister Tony Blair committed his new Labour Government to a major programme of constitutional reform aimed at making a decisive break with 18 years of Conservative rule. BRITAIN
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive for the start of Royal Ascot on Ladies Day June 17. The Queen, who is a keen racing fan and owner, had a winner with her horse Blueprint on the first day of the meeting. AS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands on the balcony with Prine Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to honour her official birthday June 16, 2001. Trooping the colour has honoured the sovereign's official birthday since the 17th century and dates back to the earliest times of armed conflict, when each leader needed his own flag or colours to stand out clearly amid the smoke and dust of battle which led to regular trooping allowing soldiers to recognise the colours around which they should rally. BR
CANADA - MARCH 08: Royal tour of Australia and New Zealand by the King and Queen with Princess Margaret Rose early next year will be first by the reigning king. Princess Elizabeth shown here with Philip on New Zealand barque in London; will stay at home (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip attend the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy, in south-east England, 12 April 2006. The Queens' grandson Prince Harry graduated from the elite Sandhurst military academy Wednesday. Officer Cadet H Wales as Prince Harry is known, will train to become a troop commander, in charge of 11 enlisted men and four light tanks -- a job that could soon see him on front-line duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. His grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 80 on April 21, and father Prince Charles both turned out for the passing-out ceremony where Harry and 218 other officer cadets in crisp blue uniforms, each carrying thin silver swords, received their commissions after 44 weeks of gruelling training. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip make their way down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, London, on their wedding day, 20th November 1947. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4438 - Royal Wedding - pub. 1947 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after the annual Maundy Ceremony, 7th April 1966. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip watch the sack race at the annual Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland, Britain September 5, 2015. Queen Elizabeth will become Britain's longest-ever serving monarch on September 9. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the dedication of a Knights Bachelor temple at the church of St. Bartholomew The Great, London, 10th July 1968. (Photo by George Freston/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
390922 07: Britain''s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew arrive in a carriage June 21, 2001 at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip talk as they watch a calvary display by the elite Cadre Noir riding college in Paris 06 April 2004, on the second day of a three-day state visit to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, the colonial-era promise of cross-channel friendship between Britain and France. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
The Queen & The Duke Of Edinburgh Attend A Service Of Commemoration To Mark The Bicentenary Of The Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act At Westminster Abbey, London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Royal Maundy service at Leicester Cathedral on April 13, 2017 in Leicester, England. The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh travelled by car from Leicester station along Humberstone Gate, High Street and Jubilee Square. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attending the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Colombian State Visit at Horse Guards Parade on November 1, 2016 in London, England. The President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos are paying their first State Visit to the UK as official guests of Queen Elizabeth. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh greet His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait at a Ceremonial Welcome Windsor Castle on November 27, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) arrives with Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (R) at Westminster Abbey in London, for a service to mark the Passing of The World War One Generation, on November 11, 2009. Queen Elizabeth II led Britain in marking Armistice Day on Wednesday -- along with troops on the frontline in Afghanistan -- while commemorating the passing of the World War I generation of soldiers. At 11:00 am (1100 GMT), 91 years since the Great War armistice came into effect, people fell silent for two minutes to remember those who fought and gave their lives in the 1914-1918 conflict. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg leave after the State Opening Of Parliament on November 18, 2009 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the Government's legislative programme in a speech delivered from the Throne in The House of Lords. This new session of Parliament will only last until the general election which has to be called by June 3, 2010. (Photo by Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R), watch a performance during a visit to re-open the tea clipper Cutty Sark in Greenwich, east London, on April 25, 2012. The Cutty Sark, built in 1869 was one of the last and one of the fastest tea clippers to be built. The Cutty Sark was badly damaged by fire on in May 2007 but after a 50 million GBP (80.6 million USD) restoration project the vessel is restored and will reopen to the public on April 26. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan at Buckingham Palace on October 22, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, end a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They stayed at Buckingham Palace and undertook engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOSSIEMOUTH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II pose for a photo during a visit to RAF Lossiemouth on their 67th wedding anniversary on November 20, 2014 in Lossiemouth, Scotland. It was the Queen's first visit to the base since 2003. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave Horseguards Parade after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, Britain June 11, 2016. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stand on the balcony of Roemer townhall in Frankfurt, Germany June 25, 2015. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are on a three day state visit to Germany. REUTERS/Boris Roessler/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh upon their arrival for lunch at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP ARRIVE AT A PRIVATE PARTY FOR BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THE RITZ HOTEL IN LONDON.
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"He's someone who can be frank and someone she can have a laugh with," royal biographer Robert Hardman told People.

And he's also the reason why she's been able to become the longest-reigning British monarch in history, a feat she achieved back in 2015.

"Part of the reason she keeps going so steadily is that she has him there beside her," an attendee at a recent Windsor Castle gathering explained. "They're a great team, and that's still the case."

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth looks at products on the shelves at a Waitrose supermarket during a visit to the town of Poundbury, Britain October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Justin Tallis/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth boards a train at Kings Cross station in London, in this December 17, 2009 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool/Files SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks in her rear view mirror while watching the Pony Tandems at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, in Windsor, southern England May 11, 2006. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Britain's Queen Elizabeth tours the Grand Harbour in a traditional Maltese fishing boat during the State Visit and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is watched by gardener Norm Dunn (L) and her husband Prince Philip (R) as she plants a 'Black Sally' gum tree in the grounds of Government House in Canberra March 14, 2006. The tree, Eucalyptus stellulata, is called a 'Black Sally' for the English Weeping Willow or Weeping Sallow, and 'Black' because the bark of the tree is black. The Queen and her husband Prince Philip are in Australia on a five-day official visit which includes the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. REUTERS/Will Burges
Onlookers watch as Britain's Queen Elizabeth (C) leaves after a visit to West Quay Fisheries at Newhaven Fish Market in Sussex, southern England October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the new Asiatic lion enclosure at London Zoo, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth boards her carriage as she travels on the new Scottish Borders railway line, in Scotland, September 9, 2015. Queen Elizabeth officialy opened the new Scottish Borders Railway on the day she became Britain's longest reigning monarch. REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits a Waitrose supermarket in the town of Poundbury, Britain October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Justin Tallis/Pool
Queen Elizabeth attends a commemoration service at Crathie Kirk Church in Crathie, Aberdeenshire August 4, 2014. Dignitaries took part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I (WWI). REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: CONFLICT ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY ROYALS)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip watch the sack race at the annual Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland, Britain September 5, 2015. Queen Elizabeth will become Britain's longest-ever serving monarch on September 9. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Britain's Queen Elizabeth travels by train to Potsdam on the second day of the state visit to Germany, November 3, 2004. The Queen was met by schoolchildren and toured a shopping centre. REUTERS/Ian Jones/Pool. JD/ABP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks with her grandson Prince William, watched by Prince Philip (R), after being shown around a Sea King search and rescue helicopter during a visit to RAF Valley, in north Wales April 1, 2011. Prince William, who is due to marry Kate Middleton on April 29, is serving as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, an island off the north west coast of Wales. REUTERS/Christopher Furlong/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides her horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle, three days after the death of her mother, in this April 2, 2002 file photo. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Dan Chung/Files SEARCH 'Queen 90th" FOR ALL IMAGES
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (bottom R) watches during her Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace in London June 4, 2012. Pop royalty including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Elton John will entertain Queen Elizabeth on Monday on the third day of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with 10,000 ticket-holders who watching the performances live on a circular stage. REUTERS/Dave Thompson/pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
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As for rumors that Philip long had a wandering eye, Lacey insists that it was just speculation around him constantly traveling on the weekends.

"There was his polo and carriage driving for decades, when he would quite regularly be away for the weekend," Lacey explained. "He was always staying in the home of mutual friends. The Queen's friends are solid, moral people, and I don't think there was any suggestion that friends were turning a blind eye to things that the Queen wouldn't approve."

The couple is expected to make an appearance together on November 12 before privately celebrating their 70th anniversary with family at Windsor Castle on November 20.

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