Series of portraits released to mark Queen and Duke’s wedding anniversary

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Series of portraits released to mark Queen and Duke’s wedding anniversary

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh smile as they stand side by side in the first of a new series of portraits to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

File photo dated 14 09 55 of Prince Charles and Princess Anne being pushed on a swing by the Duke of Edinburgh, watched by Queen Elizabeth II, Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
File photo dated 14 09 55 of Prince Charles and Princess Anne being pushed on a swing by the Duke of Edinburgh, watched by Queen Elizabeth II, Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The photographs, taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak, show Elizabeth II and Prince Philip standing in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November.

The 91-year-old monarch opted to wear the cream day dress by Angela Kelly that she also wore at the Diamond Wedding Anniversary thanksgiving service, along with a yellow gold, ruby and diamond ‘Scarab’ brooch, designed by Andrew Grima and gifted to the couple in 1966.

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, takes the salute outside Buckingham Palace at the conclusion of the Trooping the Colour ceremony Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, takes the salute outside Buckingham Palace at the conclusion of the Trooping the Colour ceremony Photo (C) GETTY

They are framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years, and the Queen holds her hands clasped in front of her, while Prince Philip stands upright with his hands behind his back.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh kneeling in St Paul';s Cathedral during the special thanksgiving service to mark her Silver Jubilee Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh kneeling in St Paul’;s Cathedral during the special thanksgiving service to mark her Silver Jubilee Photo (C) GETTY

The photographs were taken for Camera Press, which also celebrates its anniversary 70 years after the agency distributed the royal pair’s official wedding photos as its first assignment.

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Riverdale Park, Toronto, during their tour of Canada. Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Riverdale Park, Toronto, during their tour of Canada. Photo (C) GETTY

Elizabeth II, who married the consort at Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947, is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary.

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 devotes herself to her duties as head of state.

Princess Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, looking over Valetta from the roof of the Villa Guardamangia, Malta Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, looking over Valetta from the roof of the Villa Guardamangia, Malta Photo (C) GETTY

The monarch, who was a 21-year-old princess when she walked up the aisle, is the nation’s longest reigning sovereign, having overtaken the record set by Queen Victoria.

The 96-year-old newly retired Duke, who was 26 and fresh from serving for the Royal Navy in the Second World War when he wed, is the longest serving consort in British history.

Queen Elizabeth II, watched by the Duke of Edinburgh, reads her speech from the Throne in the House of Lords chamber at the State Opening of Parliament. Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II, watched by the Duke of Edinburgh, reads her speech from the Throne in the House of Lords chamber at the State Opening of Parliament. Photo (C) GETTY

Together they have celebrated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of the Queen’s reigns, 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.

Prince Charles sleeping in the arms of Princess Elizabeth, after his Christening at Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Charles sleeping in the arms of Princess Elizabeth, after his Christening at Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY

With their family growing year by year, the Queen and Philip are preparing to welcome their sixth great-grandchild in April – a third child for the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh with their daughter Princess Anne, after her christening at Buckingham Palace, London Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh with their daughter Princess Anne, after her christening at Buckingham Palace, London Photo (C) GETTY

They already have five great-grandchildren – Savannah and Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall, Prince George and Princess Charlotte – as well as eight grandchildren – Peter and Zara Phillips, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn – and their own four children the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

The Duke of Edinburgh watches Queen Elizabeth II as she films the scene at Prince's Pier in Hobart, Tasmania Photo (C) GETTY
The Duke of Edinburgh watches Queen Elizabeth II as she films the scene at Prince’s Pier in Hobart, Tasmania Photo (C) GETTY

Celebrations for the Queen and Duke’s 70th wedding anniversary will be a private affair at their request, markedly different from the public commemorations of the diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 which included a service of thanksgiving.

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pass a group of youngsters raising their cups whilst driving in an open top vehicle around Hove Stadium, East Sussex. Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pass a group of youngsters raising their cups whilst driving in an open top vehicle around Hove Stadium, East Sussex. Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh boarding Trident airliner of British European Airways at Heathrow Airport to travel to Malta for a four-day visit Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh boarding Trident airliner of British European Airways at Heathrow Airport to travel to Malta for a four-day visit Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with the Prince of Wales during his investiture at Caernarfon Castle Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with the Prince of Wales during his investiture at Caernarfon Castle Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary in the Belgian suite in Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary in the Belgian suite in Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen wore the ivory silk gown with a satin train, which was encrusted with 10,000 seed pearls Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen wore the ivory silk gown with a satin train, which was encrusted with 10,000 seed pearls Photo (C) GETTY

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