Beaming Queen and Philip celebrate wedding anniversary with sweet family moment

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THE QUEEN and Prince Philip are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary and have marked the occasion by releasing a photograph showing them opening a card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children.

The colourful homemade card was created by the Queen’s great-grandchildren Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. It is emblazoned with the number 73 that pops out from the front of the card.

The photograph released on Thursday night ahead of their anniversary on Friday shows the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sitting on a sofa in Windsor Castle’s Oak Room and reading the special message from future king George and his siblings.

The Queen is wearing a pale blue double wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin and a chrysanthemum brooch made from sapphires and diamonds set in platinum, while Philip wears a blazer, shirt, tie and trousers.

The picture, taken by Chris Jackson from Getty Images, also shows a small pile of anniversary cards and letters sent by well-wishers on a nearby table.

 

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip marked the anniversary with the release of a new photograph (Image: GETTY)

The Queen Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip are celebrating 73 years of marriage (Image: GETTY)

 

The Queen, 94, was a 21-year-old princess when she married the Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947.

Their enduring relationship has lasted the longest of any British sovereign and Philip has been at the Queen’s side throughout the decades, supporting her as she devoted herself to her role as head of state.

The Queen and the Duke, who has now retired from public duties, are spending the lockdown in England isolating at Windsor Castle, and anniversary celebrations are expected to be low-key.

There is no traditional gift, jewel or colour associated with 73rd wedding anniversaries in the UK.

Queen Princess Charlotte

The Queen enjoying time with Kate and rPrincess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour in 2016 (Image: Getty)

The Queen Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip’s anniversary celebrations are expected to be low-key (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Their long marriage is seen as a key source of stability within the monarchy.

Together they have celebrated the silver, golden and diamond jubilees of the Queen’s reign, and faced ups and downs over the years including the breakdown of three of their four children’s marriages, and the backlash which followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

 

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip on their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen Prince Philip

Their long union is seen as a key source of stability within the monarchy (Image: GETTY)

The past year has also been a tumultuous one. Royal events moved online during the first national lockdown with the Queen holding virtual engagements via video calls and meetings by phone.

And in the spring, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals for financial freedom and now live in California after signing a lucrative Netflix deal and appear poised to announce projects through their charitable body Archewell.

 

The Queen Prince George

The Queen with a young Prince George at Princess Charlotte’s christening (Image: Getty)

The Queen and Prince Philip

Thee couple announced their engagement on July 10 1947 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Philip

The newlyweds spent their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire (Image: GETTY)

The Queen children Prince Charles and Princess Anne

The Queen (then-Princess Elizabeth) and Philip with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1951 (Image: Getty)

Philip celebrated his 99th birthday on June 10 and a joint portrait with the Queen was released to mark the milestone.

The Queen and the Duke have also just celebrated the 72nd birthday of their eldest child, the Prince of Wales.

 

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip bid farewell to Irish President Michael D Higgins in 2014 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip with Prince Charles and Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)

Royal Family

Royal Family line of succession (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband, saying: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”

Philip used the occasion to praise the Queen for her abundance of tolerance.

He said: “I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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