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A Look Back At Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip's Royal Marriage

A Look Back At Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip's Royal Marriage
(Image: AFP)
By Pearl Yan
November 21, 2019
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh mark a historic milestone as they celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary, and the Duke reveals the secret to their long marriage

Queen Elizabeth, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, marked their 72nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, having tied the knot on November 20, 1947. The royal couple reportedly spent the day apart, with the Queen occupied with official duties at Buckingham Palace and Prince Philip, having retired from royal duty in August 2017, remained at Sandringham, about 110 miles from London.

To celebrate the special occasion, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge took to social media to share sweet tributes to the Queen and her husband with a black and white picture of the couple, followed by a more recent photo of the two laughing, while Prince Philip looks at the Queen. 

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The caption on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account reads: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary!”

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex also gave their special shoutout with a throwback picture of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh riding in a royal carriage. “Happy anniversary to Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh! On this day, seventy-two years ago, they were married at Westminster Abbey, ” the couple wrote in the caption. “Many congratulations!”

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Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark first met at a wedding in 1934. After they met again at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939, the year when Philip joined the British Royal Navy, the two began to exchange letters. 

The engagement of the pair was officially announced on July 9, 1947, shortly followed by a grand wedding ceremony which took place on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey—the same place where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011.

After the marriage, Elizabeth gave birth to her firstborn, Prince Charles on November 14, 1948, and her only daughter, Princess Anne on August 15, 1950. Her Majesty gave birth to Prince Andrew only a decade after welcoming Princess Anne, followed by her youngest child, Prince Edward.

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In this photograph released by Buckingham Palace on November 19, 2017 and taken by Camera Press photographer Matt Holyoak in November 2017, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the second of a sequence of three portraits, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, to mark their Platinum Wedding Anniversary (70 years).Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary on November 20, marking 70 years si
(Image: AFP)

Together, the couple have lived a lifetime of milestones in their 72 years of marriage—the longest royal marriage in British history. The secret to their longevity is, according to the duke, "tolerance". As he said in a toast to the Queen on their golden anniversary in 1997, "The main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage. It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult."

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Netflix responded to the royal anniversary with a tweet, jokingly warn about spoilers for its historical drama series The Crown, which just released its third season last weekend.


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