Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Celebrate Their Platinum Wedding
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on their honeymoon, November 25, 1947 in Hampshire County
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Monday, becoming the first British reigning couple to celebrate their platinum wedding.
This is a new record for the queen, doyenne of the monarchs of the world. She was elected to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25, and this year celebrated her sapphire jubilee (65 years of reign). The Duke of Edinburgh, for its part, displays the record of longevity spouses of sovereigns in the United Kingdom, previously held by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III for 57 years.
If the couple will be celebrating their platinum wedding with the family at Windsor Castle, the bells of Westminster Abbey, where they were married on November 20, 1947, will resonate in London to pay tribute to them.
On the occasion of the event, Buckingham Palace unveiled two photographs of the couple, taken at the beginning of November in the white lounge of Windsor Castle by the British photographer Matt Holyoak.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on June 17, 2017 in London
On one of them, Her Majesty wears a cream dress which she had already dressed at her diamond wedding ten years ago, and wears a brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond offered by her husband in 1966.
The latter, in a suit and plum tie, is standing at his side.
Royal Mail, the British Post, also released a series of six black and white stamps depicting the couple during their engagement, wedding and honeymoon.
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Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had four children (Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward), eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, the sixth and third of William and Kate being scheduled for April.
The couple went through seven decades, the most grueling of which was probably the 1990s with the divorce of three of their children and the tragic death in 1997 of Princess Diana.
Despite quite different temperaments -measured for the queen and boiling for her husband- they always displayed their unity. Even if the British press did not care about the alleged infidelities of Prince Philip.
“It’s my rock,” said the queen one day about her husband.
“My first, second and last job is never to let the queen down,” said Prince Philip.
Aged 96, the Duke of Edinburgh retired this summer and is dedicated to reading and painting, finally released from the many official commitments. He who described himself as “the world expert in plaque inaugurations” honored more than 22,000 engagements over the years and delivered nearly 5,500 speeches.
For her part, Elizabeth II, 91, gradually passes the baton to her son Charles, 69 years old.
On November 12, the heir to the throne laid a wreath of flowers in memory of the victims of conflict during “Remembrance Day”, replacing his mother who was watching the ceremony from the balcony of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alongside his husband.