In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th anniversary as one of royalty’s longest-lasting couples

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In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th anniversary as one of royalty’s longest-lasting couples.

In honor of long-lasting romances, take a look at these vintage royal wedding photos, featuring 10 long-married royal couples both then and now.

MARRIED 20+ YEARS

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan

THEN: Crown Prince Naruhito’s parents Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are seen here joining the newlyweds for an official portrait after the heir to the throne’s wedding to Masako Owada at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on June 9, 1993. Harvard graduate Masako, who was only the second commoner to marry into Japan’s royal family, met husband Crown Prince Naruhito during her time at the University of Tokyo.

In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th anniversary as one of royalty's longest-lasting couples Photo (C) GETTY
In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th anniversary as one of royalty’s longest-lasting couples Photo (C) GETTY

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OW: For more than a decade, the Crown Princess, supported by her husband away from the public eye, wasn’t often seen at major royal functions since she was diagnosed with stress-induced “adjustment disorder” in 2004. After revealing she was “slowly but steadily” recovering in 2015, the Crown Princess began a return to the public eye. Here the Crown Prince and Crown Princess accompany their only child, Princess Aiko, to her junior high graduation ceremony in Tokyo in March 2017.

For more than a decade, the Crown Princess, supported by her husband away from the public eye, wasn't often seen at major royal functions Photo (C) GETTY
For more than a decade, the Crown Princess, supported by her husband away from the public eye, wasn’t often seen at major royal functions Photo (C) GETTY

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King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan

THEN: The eldest son of Jordan’s King Hussein tied the knot with 28-year-old Rania Yassin at the Royal Palace in Amman on June 10,1993. The bride’s wedding gown, featuring short sleeves and gold embroidery, was designed by Bruce Oldfield.

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Photo (C) GETTY
King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: The Prince ascended the throne in 1999, and the couple became the new King and Queen of Jordan. The royals have four children: Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Salma, Princess Iman and Prince Hashem. Here the royal couple are seen attending the Great Arab Revolt centennial at Al Rayah parade ground in the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman in June 2016.

The Prince ascended the throne in 1999, and the couple became the new King and Queen of Jordan Photo (C) GETTY
The Prince ascended the throne in 1999, and the couple became the new King and Queen of Jordan Photo (C) GETTY

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Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence

THEN: Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter Princess Anne is seen here in her car with new husband Sir Timothy Laurence after their December 12, 1992 wedding at Crathie Church near Balmoral in Scotland. Sir Timothy, who met Princess Anne when he served as Equerry to the Queen from 1986 to 1989, is the Princess Royal’s second husband; she was married to Captain Mark Phillips, father of her children Peter and Zara Phillips, from 1973 to 1992, the year she wed for the second time.

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: Princess Anne and Sir Timothy, who did not receive a title upon marriage but was knighted by the Queen in 2011, live quietly between their country estate Gatcombe Park and London residence at St James’s Palace. While Anne has a host of royal duties, her husband does not carry out engagements alone, instead offering his wife support on select occasions.

Princess Anne and Sir Timothy, who did not receive a title upon marriage but was knighted by the Queen in 2011 Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Anne and Sir Timothy, who did not receive a title upon marriage but was knighted by the Queen in 2011 Photo (C) GETTY

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MARRIED 30+ YEARS

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

THEN: Henri of Luxembourg is seen waving to the crowd with his new wife Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista at his side as they leave the ceremony following their vows in Luxembourg City’s Notre Dame Cathedral on February 14, 1981. Henri and his Cuban bride met in college, where they both studied political science.

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Photo (C) GETTY
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: The couple’s legacy includes their five children – Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, their only daughter Princess Alexandra, and their youngest child Prince Sebastian. The royal couple, seen here attending Sebastian’s 2017 graduation from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in England, also have three grandchildren.

The couple's legacy includes their five children – Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix Photo (C) GETTY
The couple’s legacy includes their five children – Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix Photo (C) GETTY

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MARRIED 40+ YEARS

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

THEN: Three years after he became Sweden’s monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf wed Silvia Sommerlath, the daughter of a Brazilian-born mum and German father, at Stockholm Cathedral on June 19, 1976. Silvia, a trained interpreter who worked for the Argentine consulate and the Olympics, and served a stint as a flight attendant, wore the royal heirloom Cameo tiara for her big day.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Photo (C) GETTY
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: The King and Queen went on to have three children – Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl-Philip – and six grandkids. “Forty years have passed very quickly,” said Queen Silvia as the couple celebrated four decades of marriage. “It’s clear that a lot has happened in our family… It seems a lot of fun, like it happened only yesterday.”

The King and Queen went on to have three children – Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl-Philip Photo (C) GETTY
The King and Queen went on to have three children – Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl-Philip Photo (C) GETTY

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King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

THEN: Then Norway’s heir to the throne, Harald tied the knot with 31-year-old Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral on August 28, 1968. Sonja, a commoner who studied French, English and Art History at the University of Oslo, had been dating the Norwegian royal for nine years before their walk down the aisle.

King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Photo (C) GETTY
King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: The royal couple has been together through happy times as well as tragedy. Harald and Sonja were married for less than two years when she lost her first child, a baby boy, halfway through her pregnancy, having only recently announced her expectant status to the Norwegian public. “Fortunately I was able to have more healthy children,” said the Queen in a 2016 interview. Sonja gave birth to daughter Princess Martha Louise in September 1971 and welcomed Crown Prince Haakon in 1973. Here, the long-lasting couple, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018, pose for an official portrait in 2016.

Harald and Sonja were married for less than two years when she lost her first child, a baby boy, halfway through her pregnancy Photo (C) GETTY
Harald and Sonja were married for less than two years when she lost her first child, a baby boy, halfway through her pregnancy Photo (C) GETTY

Photo: © Getty Images

MARRIED 50+ YEARS

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark

THEN: A royal balcony wave from bride Princess Margrethe after her wedding to French diplomat Henri de Laborde de Monpezat in Copenhagen on June 10, 1967. With the newlyweds on the balcony are the bride’s parents, King Frederick IX, right, and Queen Ingrid.

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, who have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren, have had an eventful marriage full of public ups and downs, often reportedly due to the Prince Consort’s desire to be considered his wife’s equal in status. In 2017, in fact, Prince Henrik caused a stir after revealing he didn’t wish to be buried with his wife.

In September 2017, the royal palace revealed sad news –
Prince Henrik had been diagnosed with dementia and would “downgrade his future activities”. A statement read: “It is the wish of The Queen and the Royal Family that the Prince will have the peace and quiet as required by the situation.”

Sadly, the Prince’s health continued to fail; on February 13, 2018, the Palace announced that Prince Henrik had passed away. His loss came just a few months short of his and Queen Margrethe’s 51st wedding anniversary.

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, who have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, who have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, and eight grandchildren Photo (C) GETTY

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Ex-King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

THEN: On September 18, 1964, the same year he became monarch, King Constantine II of Greece, 24, married 18-year-old Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark in a Greek Orthodox ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. Anne-Marie is the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Ex-King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece Photo (C) GETTY
Ex-King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: The King and his wife were exiled in 1967, and the Greek monarchy was abolished in 1973. The longtime royal pair, who have five children – Crown Prince Pavlos, Princess Alexia, Prince Nikolaos, Princess Theodora and Prince Philippos – settled in London, but returned to Greece in 2013.

The King and his wife were exiled in 1967, and the Greek monarchy was abolished in 1973 PhThe King and his wife were exiled in 1967, and the Greek monarchy was abolished in 1973 Photo (C) GETTYoto (C) GETTY
The King and his wife were exiled in 1967, and the Greek monarchy was abolished in 1973 Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: Akihito became Emperor in 1989, and the royal couple’s son, Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest of their three children, became heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. After a 30-year reign, the Emperor, seen here gently guiding his longtime love during a visit to Vietnam in March 2017, is expected to abdicate in 2019.

Akihito became Emperor in 1989, and the royal couple's son, Crown Prince Naruhito Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Akihito became Emperor in 1989, and the royal couple’s son, Crown Prince Naruhito Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

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MARRIED 70+ YEARS

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

THEN: The pretty young heiress to the throne and dashing war hero Prince Philip of Greece were the William and Kate of their day, with every stage of their courtship eagerly followed by an adoring public. Here, the future monarch and Prince Philip are seen on their wedding day at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Photo (C) GETTY

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NOW: In 2017, the enduring royal couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Their unbreakable bond has withstood life’s tempests, not least the competing demands of matrimony and monarchy. Nothing has ever come between them as they balanced raising four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – with Her Majesty’s role as sovereign.

Photo: © Getty Images

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (3694584g) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle Irish President Michael Higgins State Visit to Britain - 11 Apr 2014 Higgins is the first Irish president to make a state visit to Britain since independence.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (3694584g)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle
Irish President Michael Higgins State Visit to Britain – 11 Apr 2014
Higgins is the first Irish president to make a state visit to Britain since independence.

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE

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