Otago Daily Times

Roy­als mar­ried 73 years

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LON­DON: Queen El­iz­a­beth and Prince Philip cel­e­brate their 73rd wed­ding an­niver­sary to­day, an oc­ca­sion they will be un­able to share with their fam­ily as Eng­land is un­der a coro­n­avirus lockdown.

The Queen (94) and the prince (99), mar­ried in Lon­don’s West­min­ster Abbey on Novem­ber 20, 1947, two years af­ter the end of World War 2.

To mark their an­niver­sary, Buck­ing­ham Palace re­leased a photograph of a smil­ing monarch and her hus­band look­ing at a card made by their great­grand­chil­dren Prince Ge­orge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, along­side other cards and letters from well­wish­ers.

The pic­ture was taken at Wind­sor Cas­tle, the Queen’s home west of Lon­don, where the cou­ple are stay­ing dur­ing the lockdown.

In a nod to their early days of mar­riage, the Queen was wear­ing a chrysan­the­mum brooch, made of sap­phires and di­a­monds, that she wore for pictures taken at Broad­lands in south­ern Eng­land dur­ing the first part of their hon­ey­moon.

The cou­ple first met when they at­tended the wed­ding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Ma­rina of Greece, to El­iz­a­beth’s un­cle, the Duke of Kent, in 1934.

Philip gained the at­ten­tion of his fu­ture wife in 1939, when the princess, then aged 13, made a visit with her par­ents to Bri­tain’s Royal Naval Col­lege at Dart­mouth, in south­west Eng­land, where the prince was a cadet.

While royal watch­ers say that al­though the Royal Cou­ple have had their ups and downs, like any mar­ried cou­ple, they have avoided the tra­vails of three of their four chil­dren whose mar­riages have ended in di­vorce, most no­tably their old­est son Prince Charles’ ill­fated union with his late first wife Princess

Diana.

‘‘He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,’’ the Queen said when the cou­ple cel­e­brated their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary in 1997. — Reuters

 ?? PHOTO: HAND­OUT VIA GETTY IM­AGES ?? From the fam­ily . . . Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Ed­in­burgh look at a home­made wed­ding an­niver­sary card, given to them by their great­grand­chil­dren Prince Ge­orge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in the Oak Room at Wind­sor Cas­tle this week.
PHOTO: HAND­OUT VIA GETTY IM­AGES From the fam­ily . . . Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Ed­in­burgh look at a home­made wed­ding an­niver­sary card, given to them by their great­grand­chil­dren Prince Ge­orge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in the Oak Room at Wind­sor Cas­tle this week.

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