Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-ruling monarch, and Prince Philip will celebrate their 70th anniversary tomorrow, the longest royal marriage yet.

On the occasion, the Buckingham Palace has released a photo featuring them in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip retired from public life in September, but is still frequently seen by the queen’s side.

At the time of birth, Elizabeth was third in the succession line to the throne after her uncle Edward, Prince of Wales and her father, the Duke of York.

In 1936, after her grandfather’s death, Edward VIII became king, but abdicated following his marriage.

Elizabeth’s father then became king. After him, her reign began on February 6, 1952.

Prince Philip and Elizabeth, distant cousins, started getting close when they met at Windsor Castle at Christmas in 1943. He is believed to have proposed three years later.

They were married in November 1947, two years post the end of the War, after overcoming some objection.

The event took place at Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011.

 

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