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Queen Elizabeth And Prince Phillips Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

Queen Elizabeth And Prince Phillips Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip mark 70 years of marriage today, making them Britain’s first reigning couple to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary.

Queen Elizabeth’s marriage, the nation’s longest-serving sovereign has survived those of all the prior British monarchs. While the royal couple will not be hosting any public event, they have invited family and friends to Windsor Castle for a private dinner on Monday evening, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, the bells of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh on November 20, 1947, will ring out in full celebratory peal.

To honour the royal couple’s platinum wedding anniversary, Buckingham Palace on Saturday issued new photographic portraits of the Queen and the Prince, taken earlier this month in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

In one of the photographic portraits, the Queen poses in the same cream dress she wore at her diamond wedding anniversary thanksgiving service 10 years ago, along with a yellow gold, ruby and diamond brooch given to her by Phillips in 1966.

A new set of six stamps were issued to commemorate the historic landmark by the Royal Mail, Britain’s postal service. The stamps include images of the pair’s engagement announcement at Buckingham Palace, their wedding and the first part of their honeymoon at a country estate in the county of Hampshire.

The couple has four children — Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward and also boast of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with a sixth great-grandchild expected to be born in April.

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November 20th, 2017

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