Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have released a photograph showing them opening a card from great-grandchildren. Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, designed the card themselves and added a number 73 that pops out from the front of the card. The new photo also shows the Queen and Philip sat on a sofa in Windsor Castle’s Oak Room.
Philip, 99, is pictured beaming as he reads the message inside the colourful card.
The Queen, 94, is seen gazing adoringly at the children’s artwork, while wearing a double wool crepe pale blue dress by Stewart Parvin and pearls that are accompanied by a dark blue chrysanthemum brooch made from sapphires and diamonds that are set in platinum.
She has been pictured wearing the brooch a number of times during their marriage.
This included on her honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire and also in the pictures that were released to mark the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.
In the latest picture, Philip, 99, is seen wearing a blazer, shirt, tie and trousers.
The Queen and Prince Philip are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary
The Cambridge children designed the colourful card for the Queen and Philip
There is also a pile of other anniversary cards and letters sent by well-wishers pictured on a table next to them.
The Queen was only 21 and still known as Princess Elizabeth when she tied the knot with Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.
They have four children together, including Prince Charles, who is first in line to the throne and recently celebrated his 72nd birthday.
They also share Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The Queen has been pictured with her great-grandchildren during public events
The Queen and Prince Philip pictured on their wedding day in 1947
The couple have faced some family heartbreak over the years, including the breakdown of three of their four children’s marriages.
The Royal Family also was criticised over the way it reacted to Diana, Princess of Wales’ death in 1997.
The Queen ended up giving a live speech to honour the late princess and to show her support for her grandsons Prince William and Harry.
But the Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage has remained as solid as a rock over the decades.
Queen and Prince Philip looking lovingly at each other during Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018
The Queen and Prince Philip married on November 20, 1947
On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a sweet tribute to her husband.
She said: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”
Philip also praised the Queen for her tolerance levels.
He said: “I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage.”
Kate is pictured with the Queen at the christening of Prince Louis
The Queen is seen gazing adoringly at her grandson Prince George
The couple have spent the lockdown in England isolating at Windsor Castle.
They are expected to celebrate their anniversary privately together as the coronavirus pandemic rages on in the UK.
The Royal Family has been forced to adapt to holding most royal events online this year.
The Queen has also delighted royal fans by holding video calls and meetings by phone.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK