Recently, the highly revered Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated a significant milestone: seven decades of marriage. They are the first British royal monarchs to reach this notable milestone that has everyone at their oooohs and ahhhhs.
The 91-year-old Queen of the United Kingdom and the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh just celebrated their 70 years of bliss in November. They met as teenagers when they were 13 and 18 respectively, with Elizabeth, according to her own confession, falling in love at first sight.
Even though they spent their early lives in the same social circles, their romance didn’t spark until she visited the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London with her parents and met up with Philip who gave them a tour of the college.
Just after Philip returned from serving in the Royal Army during World War II, he and the princess announced their engagement. Four months after the engagement, Philip and Princess Elizabeth got married.
Today we issue our stamps to commemorate the 70th Wedding Anniversary of HM the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
— Royal Mail Stamps (@RoyalMailStamps) November 19, 2017
On November the 20th, 1947, the then Princess Elizabeth stood at the altar preparing to wed Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. The event took place at Westminster Abbey and was attended by 2,000 guests with the wedding being quite an elaborate ceremony.
Then-Princess Elizabeth was escorted to the abbey by her father, King George VI. Prince Philip waited for her wearing his Naval Officer’s uniform while she wore an ivory silk gown adorned with 10,000 seed pearls, crystals, and a 13-foot-long train. Her wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold.
I am very honoured to have been commissioned to photograph Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh for their 70th wedding anniversary. I would like to congratulate Her Majesty and His Royal Highness on their landmark achievement. I would also like to thank @camerapress_photography, Sally Osman and Angela Kelly for giving me this opportunity. ⠀ ⠀ #queenelizabeth #70thanniversary #buckinghampalace #windsorcastle #mattholyoak #royalfamily #dukeofediburgh #platinumanniversary #princephillip ⠀⠀ Photo © Matt Holyoak / Camera Press
The pair had a beautiful new portrait taken at Windsor Castle’s White Drawing Room. It shows the Queen adorned with a cream-colored day dress, wearing a brooch from her private collection.
According to CNN, the brooch, created from yellow gold, diamonds and carved ruby, was a gift from Prince Philip.
The Royal Mail released a special black and white stamp collection featuring six stamps for the 70-year anniversary, capturing historic moments in the royal couple’s lives.
The stamps depict Elizabeth and Philip at their engagement, wedding and during their honeymoon.
According to The Independent, even after sixty-five years on the throne, the Queen will not step down from her post, making good on the promise she gave on her 21st birthday that she will serve the country her entire life.