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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