Queen Elizabeth of Britain and Prince Philip are celebrating their 73rd marriage today, Friday, an occasion that they will not be able to celebrate with the rest of the family in light of the general isolation that England is currently imposing to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate their wedding anniversary
Elizabeth (94) and Philip (99) were married in Westminster Abbey in London on November 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War II..
To celebrate the anniversary, Buckingham Palace posted a picture of the smiling Queen and her husband looking at a greeting card from her grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, along with other cards and messages..
The picture was taken at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence in west London, where the couple is staying during public isolation.
In a nod to their early days of marriage, Elizabeth wore a sapphire and diamond brooch that appeared in photos taken of her in Broadlands, southern England during the first part of her honeymoon..
The couple first met when they attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to Elizabeth’s uncle, Duke of Kent, in 1934..
Philip attracted the attention of his future wife when the 13-year-old princess visited with her parents the British Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in southwest England, where he was a student..
While observers of the royal family say that Elizabeth and Philip went through ups and downs like any other couple, they avoided the suffering of three of their four children whose marriages ended in divorce, most notably the marriage of their eldest son Prince Charles to his late first wife Princess Diana..
When the couple celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1997, Elizabeth said, “It has been, quite simply, my strength throughout these years.“.