Royal Family Celebrate 70 Years of marriage
Earlier this month, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their outstanding 70 years of marriage.
The bells of Westminster Abbey rang out for the occasion, just like they did seven decades ago. It’s incredible to think that they are the longest married royal couple of any royal family.
Wearing a breathtaking dress, Queen Elizabeth (Princess Elizabeth at the time) was only twenty-one when she stood at the alter side by side with her handsome prince. Prince Philip, then Prince of Greece and Denmark, was 5 years her elder. (As Britain had not yet recovered from the war, the princess had to use war ration coupons to buy material for her gown!)
Five years on from their wedding, our Queen ascended the throne after her father, King George VI, died.
Queen Elizabeth is the only British monarch to be awarded a platinum anniversary. She is the longest-reigning living monarch, following the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016. The 91-year-old Queen is now the longest reigning British monarch in history, and her husband is the oldest-ever male member of the Royal Family.
Prime minister Theresa May said, “They have devoted their lives to the service of the UK and the Commonwealth – my best wishes to them both on this special occasion.”
An artist has been appointed to paint a new portrait of the royal couple.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers said the secret of their long marriage was their mutual support and devotion to duty.
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