Throughout her years in the palace, Queen Elizabeth II has reached many milestones and has made decisions that will impact the monarchy and her country for years to come. Now, everyone is touched by another major milestone that the queen has crossed.
Monday, November 20 marks 70 years of marriage to Prince Philip. This anniversary is known as the “platinum anniversary.” The royal couple is the first in British monarchy to ever reach 70 years together.
Before their special day, the royal family has released a series of photos to celebrate the couple. The below photo was captured by British photographer Matt Holyoak and was taken at Windsor Castle in early November.
In the above photograph, Queen Elizabeth II is wearing a gold, ruby, and diamond “Scarab” brooch by designer Andrew Grima. The accessory was a gift from Prince Philip in 1966.
Elizabeth and Philip fell in love as teenagers. Their wedding in 1947 was the attention of the public eye and was a royal celebration. A few years later, Queen Elizabeth II took the throne.
Last February, the queen became the longest-serving royal in British history, having served for 65 years. Throughout it all, Prince Philip has been by her side.
The royal couple had four children including Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The heir to the throne is Prince Charles.
TODAY quoted royal historian Hugo Vickers talking about the couple’s successful marriage.
He said, “One of the secrets of this very, very long marriage, and it’s an incredibly impressive anniversary, is the fact Prince Philip has always seen it as his main duty to support the queen, to help her in whatever way he can. He is the only person who can actually tell the queen absolutely straight what he thinks, and if he thinks some idea is ridiculous he will say so in whatever language he chooses to use.”
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