With 70 years of wedded life, there will be no lack of cheerful memories to think about, from Jubilees and celebrations to grand State occasions and intimate family gatherings. Britain is denoting the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip with a peal of bells, a set of portraits and some memorial stamps. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh smile as they stand side by side in the first of a new series of portraits to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
A platinum wedding Anniversary
Elizabeth II, who wedded the consort at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, is the first British ruler to celebrate a platinum wedding ceremony.
They were always together!
Their continuing relationship has kept going the longest of any British sovereign, and Philip has been at the Queen’s side consistently, supporting her as she dedicates herself to her duties as head of state.
Queen Elizabeth got married at the age of 21.
The sovereign, who was a 21-year-old princess when she walked up the aisle, is the country’s longest supreme sovereign, having excelled the record set by Queen Victoria.
The most romantic couple.
As their awesome romantic tale reaches a new milestone today it is fascinating to admire about whether this simple yet delightfully unstuffy portrayal of the Queen and Prince Philip gets them as they see each other. Click on the next page to see the Anniversary portraits.
No end of photos of sovereign and partner have been issued throughout the decades, yet have we at any point seen one so revealing as this? Philip all mischief and love with a quizzical arch to the eyebrow. What’s more, the Queen? She reacts with laughter and a smile of utter commitment.
Photos help us to remember the considerable obligation we owe Philip for his unstinting guidance of his wife. Properly the Queen drew out a tribute to him for their official photo, the beautiful scarab brooch in yellow gold, rubies and diamonds that he had made by Andrew Grima, society jeweler to the Swinging Sixties, and which he gave his wife in 1966.
Her Royal Outfit.
The Queen, 91, isn’t robed yet rather comfortably relaxed in a cream day dress. Intriguingly, the outfit made by her dressmaker Angela Kelly, was what she likewise wore at service marking the couple’s jewel wedding anniversary at Westminster Abbey a decade ago.
The way they are looking at each other!
There is surely something striking about the handsome Lt Philip Mountbatten inclines toward the youthful Princess Elizabeth and the way she looks back at him. Amazingly, they had definitely known each other for eight years by at that point. Click on the next page to read about the event.
Celebrations for the Queen and Duke’s 70th wedding anniversary will be a private affair, at their request, markedly different from the public commemorations of the diamond wedding anniversary in 2007, which included a service of thanksgiving. Close family and friends are gathering with the couple at Windsor Castle for a special private dinner on 20th November evening.
Bells will ring out at Westminster Abbey, where they said their vows, on 20th November. At 1 pm a group of 10 ringers will sound a full celebratory chime in tribute, enduring three hours and 20 minutes.