The Best Vintage Photos To Celebrate The Queen And Prince Philip’s Wedding Anniversary

It's been 73 years of wedded bliss for the royal couple.

Queen Prince Philip Anniversary

by Shana Lynch |

Congratulations are in order — on 20th November 2020, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary. Their partnership is the longest in the history of Britain’s royal family, and this milestone is just more proof of the strength of their enduring love story. They've marked the special occasion with a new photograph...

Queen Elizabeth (then Princess Elizabeth) first met Prince Philip Mountbatten at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark – Prince Philip’s cousin – and Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934. It was later on, when Philip took on guide duties during a royal tour of the Naval College at Dartmouth, that he really caught the eye of the young princess, and the two began to correspond via letters. According to the Queen’s cousin and close friend, Margaret Rhodes, Elizabeth ‘never looked at anyone else.’

Controversially, the couple became engaged in 1946 without seeking permission from her parents; it wasn’t long, though, until Prince Philip formally asked King George VI for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The request was accepted, but with one condition: a formal engagement was to take place the next year following Elizabeth’s 21st birthday.

The happy news of the royal engagement was announced on 9 July 1947, and months later Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony that was broadcast to over 200 million around the world. Famously, Elizabeth vowed to ‘obey’ her husband, in a moment fans of_ The Crown will remember well.

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Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding ©Getty

Since that day 73 years ago, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have had four children (Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward), eight grandchildren (Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn) and nine great-grandchildren (Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Prince George, Mia Tindall, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Lena Tindall and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor).

In celebration of their wedding anniversary, let’s take a look back the best vintage pictures of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip from their seven-decade-long love story. Happy anniversary, you two!

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip - Grazia

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Waving from Buckingham Palace, July 1947

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The couple officially announce their engagement at Buckingham Palace, July 1947

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After the engagement announcement, November 1947

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Elizabeth and Philip after announcing their engagement, July 1947

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Princess Elizabeth poses with her family and fiancé ahead of her marriage, 1947

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Photographed at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding, 1947

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Arriving at the Royal Variety Performance, November 1947

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Arriving at the Armistice Day service, November 1947

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The couple were married at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947

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Posing for official photos at the Palace after their wedding, November 1947

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Waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding, November 1947

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Honeymooning at Broadlands House, home to Philip's Uncle, November 1947

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Playing with a corgi while on honeymoon, November 1947

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Admiring wedding photos while honeymooning, November 1947

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Enjoying a walk on their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire, November 1947

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Arriving in Malta (where Philip was stationed with the Royal Navy) for the second part of their honeymoon, 1947

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Attending a charity ball at the Dorchester Hotel, 1948

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On board the 'Pamir,' March 1948

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Prince Philip receives the Freedom of the City of London, 1948

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Visiting the Arc de Triomphe, May 1948

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Attending the Royal Horse Show at Windsor, May 1949

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Arriving at the wedding of the Earl of Harewood and Marion Stein, 1949

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Posing with newborn Charles, July 1949

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After Princess Anne's christening, 1950

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Walking in the grounds of Clarence House, August 1951

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A family portrait session with the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Clarence House, 1951

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A photoshoot with the family, August 1951

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Visiting the Festival of Britain, 1951

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Royal tour of Quebec, 1951

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Enjoying a barn dance in Ottowa, 1951

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Photographed outside Balmoral, September 1952

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A candid shot with Princess Anne and Prince Charles, 1951

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Photographed with the children at Balmoral, September 1952

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Leaving Westminster Abbey in an ornate carriage following Elizabeth's coronation, June 1953

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Waving to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Elizabeth's coronation, June 1953

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Elizabeth poses for official photos with Philip following her coronation

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Visiting Northern Ireland on the Coronation Tour, 1953

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Photographing the arrival of an escort ship while en route to Fiji during the Coronation Tour, 1953

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Visiting Bermuda, November 1953

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Overseeing the children and two ponies in the grounds of Balmoral, August 1955

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Playing with corgis in the grounds of Balmoral, August 1955

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A trip to Nigeria, 1956

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Posing for photographs at Buckingham Palace, December 1958

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Posing for photographs at Buckingham Palace, December 1958

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The Queen and Prince Philip with corgis at Windsor Castle, 1959

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John and Jackie Kennedy visit Buckingham Palace, 1960

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John and Jackie Kennedy visit Buckingham Palace, 1960

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Leaving Manchester by train, May 1961

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Presenting Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophy, 1966

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Flying back from Yorkshire, filmed for a BBC and ITV documentary

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