The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating 73 years of marriage today while given a handmade gift from their great-grandchildren.
The Royal Family shared a touching photo of the couple reading a handmade card from their great-grandchildren to mark their wedding anniversary.
The gift, made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, is emblazoned with a colourful number 73.
The photo was taken as the Queen and Prince Philip sat on a sofa in Windsor Castle’s Oak Room reading the message from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children where they are spending lockdown.
Queen Elizabeth II, who is now 94, was 21 years old when she married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20 in 1947.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh look at an anniversary card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, alongside other cards and letters sent by well-wishers to celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary tomorrow.
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— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 19, 2020
Their seven-decade marriage is the longest of any British monarch.
The royal couple is spending the lockdown isolating at Windsor Castle, where this year’s anniversary celebrations are proposed to be low key.
When they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband, saying: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”
While Prince Philip used the occasion to praise the Queen for her abundance of tolerance.
He said, “I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage,”
Philip, who retired from public duties in August 2017, celebrated his 99th birthday on June 10 and a joint portrait with the Queen was released to mark the milestone.
The Queen and the duke have also just celebrated the 72nd birthday of their eldest child, the Prince of Wales.
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