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The Platinum Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
The 70th Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh is
the most anticipated royal event of the year. In 2007 the Queen became
the first British monarch to reach her Diamond Wedding Anniversary and
in 2015 became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Now, as the
96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh prepares for his retirement from public
duties following decades of royal service and with the Queen in her 92nd
year, they prepare to mark this new and historic milestone.
It was on 10 July, 1947 that the happy couple were pictured arm-in-arm
at Buckingham Palace following the official announcement of their
betrothal. The 21-year-old Princess beamed as she showed off the elegant
engagement ring (made using stones from one of Philip’s mother's tiaras)
presented to her by her future husband, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten,
who was 26 at the time.
Philip had served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was
dressed in his smart naval suit for the engagement photos. He had
renounced his Greek citizenship and titles (he was a Prince of Greece
and Denmark by birth) and had become a naturalised British subject.
The love story of Philip and Elizabeth, who are distant cousins, is said
to have begun back in 1939 when the young princess was just 13 years
old. When they first met, during a royal visit to his naval college in
Dartmouth, it was love at first sight. The dashing 18-year-old Philip is
said to have caught her eye as he entertained her by jumping over tennis
nets and they started to write to each other. The King's official
biographer, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, recalled: "This was the man with
whom Princess Elizabeth had been in love from their first meeting."
Elizabeth could have married Philip when she was just 17, the age of his
first formal request to be considered as a suitor, but her parents
thought she was too young.
Philip was invited to spend Christmas 1943 with the royal family at
Windsor Castle and by the end of the war newspapers were speculating
They married in Westminster Abbey on 20 November, 1947. On the morning
of the wedding Philip was made Duke of Edinburgh by his father-in-law,
the King. He would not become a prince again until 1957, when Elizabeth
bestowed the title upon him.
Soon after their wedding the happy young couple welcomed the birth of
Prince Charles in 1948, Princess Anne in 1950 and then within five years
of their marriage, Elizabeth had acceded to the throne after the death
of her father in February 1952.
On their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching
tribute to her husband, saying: “He has, quite simply, been my strength
and stay all these years.”
As the royal couple prepare to mark this latest milestone South Georgia
& the South Sandwich Islands together with Ascension Island, The
Bahamas, the British Antarctic Territory, the British Virgin Islands,
the Falkland Islands, and Tristan da Cunha look back at their
relationship and long and happy marriage.
55p Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on board the destroyer
Crusader, bound for Victoria in British Columbia during their
Commonwealth tour, 18th October 1951. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton
80p Queen Elizabeth II out walking with her husband, Prince Philip,
1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
£1.05 Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh smile
during a visit to Fiji in February of 1977. (Photo by Anwar
£1.85 Golden Jubilee Visit to Suffolk. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince
Philip the Duke of Edinburgh chat while seated during a musical
performance in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds during her Golden
Jubilee visit to Suffolk on 18 July, 2002. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty
FDC The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace on 26th
November 2001. Part of a series of photographs taken to commemorate the
Golden Jubilee in 2002. (Photo by Lichfield/Getty Images).
Designer Bee Design
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Perforation 13 x 13 ¼ per 2 cms
Stamp size 30.6 x 38mm
Sheet Layout 10
Release date 20 November, 2017
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd