Wishing a very happy 70th wedding anniversary to HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and HM Queen Elizabeth II, an excelent example of loyalty and love between a man to a woman. 💍👏
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married at 11:30 GMT on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
Princess Elizabeth arrived at the Abbey with her father, King George, in the Irish State Coach.
The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world. Elizabeth and Philip then proceeded to Buckingham Palace, where a breakfast was held at the Ball Supper-room. The couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and around 10,000 telegrams of congratulations.
Upon their marriage, Elizabeth took the title of her husband and became Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. They departed for their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire, home of Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten.
Elizabeth first set eyes on Philip, her ‘strength and stay, at 13 years old, when it is said she vowed never to settle for another man. It was 1939 and she was a shy princess, while he was a handsome Greek prince and naval cadet.
When he eventually proposed – at Balmoral in 1946 – Elizabeth accepted without first consulting the King and Queen.
They insisted on a period of reflection but Elizabeth was resolute and letters written soon after her wedding to Philip in 1947 demonstrate the depth of their love.
“Philip is an angel,” she rapturously told her parents. “We behave as though we had belonged to each other for years.” In return he enthused: “She is the only thing in the world which is absolutely real to me.”
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Three more portraits of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been released to commemorate their platinum wedding anniversary.
On Monday it will be 70 years since their marriage at Westminster Abbey. The church's bells will ring for more than three hours to mark the occasion. The couple will celebrate at a private dinner in Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary. The images are part of a series by celebrity photographer Matt Holyoak, whose first portrait of them was revealed on Saturday. The Queen wears a cream dress designed by Angela Kelly, her dressmaker for the last 15 years. Her golden "Scarab" brooch was a gift from Prince Philip in 1966. PHOTOS: Matt Holyoak/CameraPress
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