Congratulation to Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II

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The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years since their engagement

The royal couple will mark their platinum wedding anniversary in November.

The Queen, dressed in a fuchsia coat and matching hat, with Prince Philip at the castle
The Queen, dressed in a fuchsia coat and matching hat, with Prince Philip at the castle

Exactly 70 years ago today came the happy news that Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen, was engaged to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. On 10 July, 1947, the happy couple were pictured arm-in-arm at Buckingham Palace following the official announcement of their betrothal, with the 21-year-old Princess beaming as she showed off the elegant engagement ring presented to her by future husband, who was 26 at the time. They were married in Westminster Abbey just four months later, on 20 November 1947 – meaning that the Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate their historic platinum wedding anniversary later this year.

Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten pictured on the day they announced their engagement Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten pictured on the day they announced their engagement Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Elizabeth had first met Philip when she was 13 at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Marina of Greece. She fell head over heels in love, and remained devoted to the handsome 18-year-old, writing him letters throughout her teens. The Princess’ father, King George VI, agreed to the couple’s marriage in 1946 but requested that they wait to get officially engaged until she had turned 21. The King then gave his official consent to the marriage in April 1947 and Philip proposed to Elizabeth as they walked together in the grounds of Balmoral. He presented his bride with a square cut diamond and platinum ring, which was created using stones from one of his mother’s tiaras.

The 21-year-old Princess had first met Philip when she was 13 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The 21-year-old Princess had first met Philip when she was 13 Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Ahead of their engagement, Philip took on the surname Mountbatten and renounced his Greek citizenship and the titles that he held – he was a prince of Greece and Denmark by birth. He was then made Duke of Edinburgh and chosen as a Knight of the Garter by his father-in-law, the King. He would not become a prince again until 1957, when Elizabeth bestowed the title upon him.

12/8/2016 - (Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)
12/8/2016 – (Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

More than 2,000 guests were in attendance as Elizabeth and Philip were married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November, 1947. It was the first royal festivity since the end of the Second World War, and as such their marriage was joyously celebrated across the country. Elizabeth had saved up her ration cards to purchase the material needed for her wedding gown – a beautiful design made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with 10,000 white pearls imported from America. Her bridal bouquet was made up of white orchids and a sprig of myrtle – from the bush grown from the myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. The following day it was laid on the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey.

The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years since their engagement Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years since their engagement Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE

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