Did Prince Philip give a signal with two fingers to tell the world that Anne was on her way?

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Was this a two-finger sign to tell the world Anne was on her way? Photo in Malta that sparked Princess Elizabeth pregnancy rumors – as a photographer, 93, pays tribute to the ‘very popular’ Prince Philip

  • Frank Attard, now 93, snapped them into their home in Villa Guardamangia in 1950
  • There, the royal couple enjoyed an idyllic two years, uninhibited by royal protocol, before Elizabeth’s coronation three years later.
  • Recalling the photocall, he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Prince Philip gave this two-finger signal when I took their picture’
  • ‘When I sent [it] they told the British newspapers that it expressed how they expected their second child. Princess Anne was born five months later

The man who took the famous photo that sparked worldwide speculation that Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were expecting their second child has paid tribute to the duke.

Frank Attard, now 93, snapped the young couple into their Villa Guardamangia home in Malta in 1950, where they enjoyed an idyllic two years uninhibited by royal protocol before Elizabeth’s coronation three years later.

Thinking back to the photocall, he told The Mail on Sunday: “Prince Philip gave this two-finger signal when I took their picture.

“When I sent the photo to the British newspapers, they said it showed how they were expecting their second child.” Princess Anne was born five months later.

The man who took the famous photo that sparked worldwide speculation that Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were expecting their second child has paid tribute to the duke. Frank Attard, now 93, snapped the young couple (above) in their Villa Guardamangia home in Malta in 1950, where they enjoyed an idyllic two years uninhibited by royal protocol before Elizabeth’s coronation three years later. Thinking back to the photocall, he told The Mail on Sunday: “Prince Philip gave this two-finger signal when I took their picture. When I sent the photo to the British newspapers they said it expressed how they were expecting their second child ‘

The Duke served in the Navy's Mediterranean Fleet between 1949 and 1951 and his wife would join him for an extended stay while their son Charles stayed with his grandparents in Great Britain.  (Above, Princess Elizabeth and Philip in Malta on their honeymoon in 1947)

The Duke served in the Navy's Mediterranean Fleet between 1949 and 1951 and his wife would join him for an extended stay while their son Charles stayed with his grandparents in Great Britain.  (Above, Princess Elizabeth and Philip in Malta on their honeymoon in 1947)

The Duke served in the Navy’s Mediterranean Fleet between 1949 and 1951 and his wife would join him for an extended stay while their son Charles stayed with his grandparents in Great Britain. (Above, Princess Elizabeth and Philip in Malta on their honeymoon in 1947)

The Duke served in the Navy’s Mediterranean Fleet between 1949 and 1951 and his wife would join him for an extended stay while their son Charles stayed with his grandparents in Great Britain.

“They had their best years in Malta,” said Mr. Attard. They went to the cinema and the princess went to watch Prince Philip play polo. They were very popular in Malta and still are. ‘

Locals remembered how the young princess sat by the sea reading while her husband was at work, as second-in-command of HMS Checkers.

Princess Anne was born five months after taking the 'two finger signal' photo

Princess Anne was born five months after taking the 'two finger signal' photo

Princess Anne was born five months after taking the ‘two finger signal’ photo

The future queen was a hit with Maltese fishermen who talked to her after she waved her husband out of Marsamxett Harbor.

Doris Mallia, 73, said: ‘My late father would have been 100 today and he used to go crab fishing where the yacht club was in Floriana.

“The prince was going to hunt from there, but Princess Elizabeth said she didn’t like it, so she found a nice stone and sat with her book.”

The couple’s impressive residence in Malta belonged to Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle.

The couple enjoyed dancing at the island’s large Phenicia Hotel in the capital, Valletta.

On Friday, Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela said, ‘We are truly saddened by the loss of Prince Philip, who made Malta his home and returned here so often. Our people will always cherish his memory. ‘

The Duke of Edinburgh takes center stage at a wreath-laying commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Malta Branch of the British Legion at Malta's Cenotaph War Memorial, in 2001

The Duke of Edinburgh takes center stage at a wreath-laying commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Malta Branch of the British Legion at Malta's Cenotaph War Memorial, in 2001

The Duke of Edinburgh takes center stage at a wreath-laying commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Malta Branch of the British Legion at Malta’s Cenotaph War Memorial, in 2001

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