Queen and Philip’s wedding anniversary dinner guest list REVEALED – Will Meghan Markle go?
The Queen and Prince Philip have opted for a low-key dinner party with their close friends and family to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
The couple’s four children, Charles, Anne, Edward and Andrew and the Queen and Philip’s grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, will be at Windsor Castle to raise a glass to the longest marriage in British royal history.
Pregnant with her third child Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will also be there alongside the monarch’s great grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Queen and Prince Philip’s milestone anniversary will be markedly different from previous public celebrations of the diamond wedding anniversary in 2007, which included a public service of thanksgiving.
But the quiet event is at the couple’s request as the pair are said to be against traditional celebrations following the deaths of a number of close friends in recent years.
It remains unknown whether Prince Harry’s American actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle, will attend the low-profile celebrations after Queen Elizabeth II reportedly gave the 36-year-old divorcee her seal of approval.
The Queen reportedly met Meghan at an intimate tea party earlier this year.
And the couple’s other grandchildren Peter Philips, Zara Philips, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louse Windsor, and James, Viscount Severns are also expected to be at the low-key dinner.
While their great-grandchildren Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall could also make an appearance if they are old enough to stay up.
The evening marks 20 years since the longest-reigning monarch famously paid tribute to her 96-year-old husband as her “strength and stay”.
In 1997, the Queen said of Philip: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
Twenty years ago, Philip also revealed: “I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage.
“It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult.
“You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”
The milestone will be marked only by a set of commemorative souvenirs, including a set of double-headed platinum coins, a new biography of the couple, and a single to raise money for one of their charities.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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