Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of the United Kingdom celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday November 21, 2020, an occasion they were unable to share with their families as England is currently under coronavirus restrictions .
Elizabeth, 94, and Felipe, 99, were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey, just two years after the end of World War II.
“Thank you all for your kind wishes on the 73rd wedding anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh,” Buckingham Palace said on Twitter.
To mark the occasion, Buckingham Palace released a photograph of a smiling monarch and her husband looking at a map made by their great-grandchildren, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, along with others greeting cards and letters.
The photo was taken at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence in west London, where the couple are in quarantine.
As a nod to her early marriage, Isabel wore a crystal brooch, made of sapphires and diamonds, which she used for photos taken in Broadlands, southern England, during her early days. honeymoon.
The couple met when they both attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to Elizabeth’s uncle, the Duke of Kent, in 1934.
Philip caught the eye of his future wife when the then 13-year-old princess visited her parents at Britain’s Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, south-west England, where he was a junior.
While royal analysts say Elizabeth and Philip have had their ups and downs like any married couple, they didn’t have the tribulations of three of their four children, whose marriages ended in divorce. , the most famous being Prince Charles with his late first wife, Princess Diana.
“The main lesson we have learned is that tolerance is the essential ingredient of any happy marriage,” Felipe said in a speech on the 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
“It might not be that important when the going is good, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets tough. You can see it in me. The queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.