Royal Nor­folk

Cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial an­niver­sary for the Queen and Prince Philip

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On Novem­ber 20 1947, more than 200 mil­lion peo­ple across the world tuned into the wire­less to hear Princess Elizabeth marry Philip Mount­bat­ten, Duke of Ed­in­burgh, at West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don. It was the start of an in­cred­i­ble union, and this month the royal cou­ple will cel­e­brate 70 years of marriage, love and de­vo­tion.

PRINCE PHILIP pro­posed to the Queen in 1946 dur­ing a visit to Bal­moral and the fol­low­ing year they were wed in front of some 2,000 guests. The wed­ding dress was a duchesse satin bridal gown with mo­tifs of star lilies and or­ange blos­soms, designed by Nor­man Hart­nell, and af­ter the cer­e­mony the cou­ple ap­peared on the bal­cony of Buck­ing­ham Palace where, much to the de­light of the thou­sands gath­ered, they shared their joy with the crowd.

As they mark their plat­inum wed­ding an­niver­sary, we look back on their Nor­folk ro­mance and how their love for each other is re­flected in their love for the county where they have spent so many happy times to­gether through the decades.


The start of mar­ried life


Dur­ing the 1950s, the young Queen spent a lot of time ful­fill­ing royal du­ties in Nor­folk with her new hus­band at her side. The Duke of Ed­in­burgh was pres­i­dent of the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Eng­land (RASE) and in 1957, the cou­ple vis­ited the Royal Nor­folk Show, spend­ing sev­eral hours tour­ing the event and pre­sent­ing 27 RASE long ser­vice medals to farm work­ers, most of whom were from Nor­folk.


Now with four chil­dren, Christmas at San­dring­ham was a time for the fam­ily to come to­gether and en­joy the Nor­folk coun­try­side. The royal cou­ple could of­ten be seen around the county dur­ing their long win­ter breaks on their es­tate. Here they are on the plat­form at King’s Lynn sta­tion, with son Andrew lead­ing the way and the Queen hold­ing on tightly to the hand of her nephew Vis­count Lin­ley.


As a cou­ple, their royal en­gage­ments have taken them all over the world to some won­der­ful places, meet­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple and bring­ing joy to mil­lions. And that is very much the case in Nor­folk where they have al­ways en­joyed a warm wel­come. Vis­its to the county were never dull for Queen and Prince Philip – dur­ing the 1970s, there were na­ture trails, boats, his­toric build­ings, schools, muddy fields and mil­i­tary dis­plays, all en­joyed to­gether.


As the Queen cel­e­brated 30 years as monarch, she and Prince Philip re­mained side by side, pos­ing for of­fi­cial por­traits out­side the main house at San­dring­ham to mark the an­niver­sary of her ac­ces­sion to the throne. They were of­ten in the county, both for for­mal events and to spend time with their grow­ing fam­ily on the Royal es­tate.


Royal vis­its might be metic­u­lously planned, but no one can ac­count for the weather, or in the case of the cou­ple’s visit to Great Yar­mouth in 1993, the sea con­di­tions. They ar­rived in the town on the Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia and the barge tak­ing them from the ship to the quay strug­gled to re­main steady in the choppy wa­ter, re­quir­ing them both to dis­em­bark some­what awk­wardly on to dry land. Both came suit­ably dressed for the damp oc­ca­sion though and could be seen exchanging a smile or two, prob­a­bly of re­lief!

2000 – 2009

The Queen cel­e­brated her 80th birthday by plant­ing an oak tree at the San­dring­ham es­tate, where the royal cou­ple spent a lot of time to­gether dur­ing the noughties. As al­ways, their vis­its to­gether to church on Sun­day morn­ings were greeted with crowds of well­wish­ers keen to catch a glimpse of the cou­ple.

2010 TO TO­DAY

There were plenty of smiles as The Queen and Prince Philip en­joyed re­lax­ing at San­dring­ham. While the Duke might have eased back on his of­fi­cial du­ties in the past few years, the cou­ple’s Nor­folk re­treat is still very much a place they can call home.

Be­low: The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh meet the crowds at San­dring­ham on Christmas Day, 1994

Left: Queen and Duke at San­dring­ham on Fe­bru­ary 6, 1982

Above: The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh visit Great Yar­mouth on Au­gust 2, 1985

Right: The royal cou­ple reach the safety of Great Yar­mouth’s quay­side af­ter a choppy trans­fer from the Royal Yacht in 1993

Above: The Queen holds the hand of Vis­count Lin­ley as she and Prince Phillip and a young Prince Andrew ar­rive at King’s Lynn train sta­tion in De­cem­ber 1963

Above left (top and bot­tom): The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh tour the Royal Nor­folk Show in 1957

Be­low: A visit to Ran­worth Broad on Novem­ber 1, 1976

Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mount­bat­ten marry at West­min­ster Abbey on Novem­ber 20, 1947

The cou­ple’s wed­ding cer­tifi­cate from 1947

Above: The Queen and Prince Philip with Canon Ge­orge Hall, ar­riv­ing in blus­tery con­di­tions at Wolfer­ton Church for morn­ing ser­vice in 2002 dur­ing the royal fam­ily’s stay at San­dring­ham The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh ar­rive to­gether by train at...

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