Otago Daily Times
Royals married 73 years
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
‘‘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