A new official portrait of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip has been released to celebrate the couple's 70th wedding anniversary.
The portrait was taken a few weeks ago by photographer Matt Holyoak of independent photo agency Camera Press, which distributed Elizabeth and Philip's wedding photos back in 1947 as its first assignment. It shows that couple standing side by side in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, where they are framed by Thomas Gainsborough's portraits of King George III and Queen Charlotte (who were married for 57 years).
According to a statement released by the Palace last night, the image is the first release in a series of portraits to celebrate the couple's milestone platinum anniversary.
The Queen is shown wearing a cream dress by Angela Kelly, her senior dresser and personal assistant; this is also the outfit she wore while celebrating her diamond wedding anniversary at a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey back in 2007. Pinned onto the dress is her 'Scarab' brooch. Cut from ruby, diamond and yellow gold, the Andrew Grima design was given to her by the Duke of Edinburgh as a personal gift in 1966.
Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary. Indeed, her and the Duke's marriage has lasted the longest in the history of our royal family.
The then Princess Elizabeth (aged 21) married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (aged 26) at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947.
The couple have requested to mark the happy occasion in private, hosting a low-key celebratory dinner tomorrow for close friends and family.
Matt Holyoak, who is best known for photographing celebrities for high-profile magazine features, said: 'I feel very honoured and privileged to have been asked to contribute to this very special occasion.'
'My vision for the image was to capture an intimate and natural portrait of the Queen and Duke to celebrate their landmark anniversary. The Queen and the Duke were very happy and relaxed which made it a pleasure. I feel the images showcase their strength and unity.'
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The couple officially announce their engagement at Buckingham Palace, July 1947