Por­trait of a mar­riage:

She was a smit­ten 21-year-old Princess, he was a dash­ing 26-year-old naval lieu­tenant and, 70 years on, their love is stronger than ever,

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - NEWS - writes Juliet Rieden.

the Queen and Prince Philip cel­e­brate 70 years to­gether

In his let­ter to his daugh­ter fol­low­ing a bit­ter­sweet day on Novem­ber 20, 1947, walk­ing his “Lili­bet” up the aisle, King Ge­orge VI wrote, “I can see that you are sub­limely happy with Philip, which is right, but don’t for­get us.”

It was a love match that young Princess El­iz­a­beth had fought for. She first met naval of­fi­cer Prince Philip of Greece and Den­mark when she was an im­pres­sion­able 13-year-old, but her fa­ther made her wait un­til af­ter her 21st birthday to be­come en­gaged.

Five years later, the young cou­ple, now with two chil­dren, were thrust into the big­gest jobs in the land when the King died and Lili­bet be­came Queen El­iz­a­beth II. “Lili­bet is the only ‘thing’ in this world which is ab­so­lutely real to me and my am­bi­tion is to weld the two of us into a com­bined ex­is­tence that will not only be able to with­stand the shocks di­rected at us, but will also have a pos­i­tive ex­is­tence for the good,” Philip wrote in a let­ter to his moth­erin-law. Over the next seven decades, he cer­tainly achieved that.

“My hus­band has been my strength and stay all th­ese years,” said the Queen in a speech to mark their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary. We wish the royal cou­ple a very happy 70th an­niver­sary.

The happy cou­ple pho­tographed on their hon­ey­moon at Broad­lands, Hampshire, on Novem­ber 24, 1947.

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