Next month, the Queen is set to reach a major milestone in her relationship with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh: the pair will mark their 70th wedding anniversary on 20th November 2017, making them the first ever British royal couple to celebrate a platinum anniversary.
While their diamond wedding anniversary of 2007 was commemorated with a special service at Westminster Abbey (where the then-Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten were married in 1947), proceedings will be more low key this time around. The Queen, 91, and her husband, 96, are set to celebrate the happy event privately with close family and friends, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
The Queen will enjoy a rare day off with her husband, who officially retired from royal events this autumn, with no public engagements scheduled on the date of her special anniversary.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the couple will invite their nearest and dearest to a special dinner at Windsor Castle. ‘They feel they can’t top the golden and diamond wedding anniversaries and don’t particularly want to,’ a source told the paper.
‘They also don’t want to be reminded of the many missing faces, as over the past 12 months the Queen has lost two life-long friends, Elizabeth Longman and her cousin Margaret Rhodes, as well as Prince Philip’s cousin Countess Mountbatten.’
The Royal Mint has released a range of commemorative £5 and £20 coins to mark the anniversary. One side bears a portrait of the Queen with Prince Philip, the other shows the couple on horseback. Around the edge are the words ‘wedded love has joined them in happiness 1947 – 2017.’
The Queen met Philip when she was just 13, and struck up a long correspondence with the naval officer. He proposed in 1946 during a walk around the grounds at Balmoral, the royal residence in Scotland; the pair’s eventual wedding was marked by national celebration, while the Westminster Abbey ceremony was attended by 2,000 guests.
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The couple officially announce their engagement at Buckingham Palace, July 1947