For families across the country divided by blockade, small things now matter.
And it is clear what exactly a home gift means to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
This beautiful image, shared by Buckingham Palace today to mark its 73rd wedding anniversary, shows the couple looking proudly at a card made for them by the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and even two-year-old Prince Louis spent hours creating the colorful greeting, carefully coloring a large number of 73 on the front, and decorating it with patches of red, blue, yellow, green, and purple.
The monarch of 94 and the Duke of Edinburgh of 99 admired the colorful creation of seven Prince George, Princess Charlotte of five years and Prince Louis, along with other maps and letters sent by well-wishers in a new official photo to mark 73- Friday’s wedding anniversary
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth 11) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, walking in Broadlands, home of the Duke’s uncle, the Earl of Mountbatten, on their honeymoon, November 1947. The Queen wears a chrysanthemum brooch in a photo she also wore in the new image today
You can almost imagine them, tongues sticking out in concentration, sitting around the kitchen table at Kensington Palace, trying hard not to “skip the line.”
The young men have not been able to see their great-grandmothers for several weeks, but the card was handed over at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Philip currently live together, earlier this week by the Royal Post Office.
And when they opened it, the joy that the thoughtful gift brought them was clearly noticeable.
The picture was taken by Getty Images’ royal photographer, Chris Jackson, in the Oak Room at the royal residence and shows a picture of a cozy home coziness that the public can so rarely see.
The young men have not been able to see their great-grandmothers for several weeks, but the card was handed over at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Philip currently live together, earlier this week by the Royal Post Office. Pictured is Prince George, seven, (back) Princess Charlotte, five, (second back, upright), Prince William and Prince Louis, two (front)
The Queen and Prince Philip seem pleased to have received a special home card from their great-grandchildren (pictured with their parents and David Attenborough) in a new photo published on the occasion of their 73rd wedding anniversary.
Their sofa is more comfortable than magnificent, studded with cream and red pillows to complement the gold curtains with tassels pulled back to show a wide view of the castle.
On the low, glass-covered table in front of them are many cards and letters sent by well-wishers to congratulate them on reaching such a remarkable stage.
As usual, Philip – compulsively – denies the fact that he is in his 100th year; he turned 99 on June 10.
The last official photo shared with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh was published on June 1 earlier this year, also taken at Windsor Castle.
The Queen and Prince Philip were married in 1947 in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey, marked by an unforgettable photo shoot in the magnificent surroundings of Buckingham Palace.
The cousins’ engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947, and the wedding took place just four months later on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. In the photo, he waves like a newlyweds from Buckingham Palace
Three years ago, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary (pictured at the time in Browlands, where the royal couple spent part of their honeymoon), organizing a party with black ties for 100 friends and family at Windsor Castle.
How the queen fell in love with Philip from their first meeting
The Queen and Prince Philip were married in 1947 in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey, marked by an unforgettable photo shoot in the lavish surroundings of Buckingham Palace.
They then had three children, Prince Charles, 72, Princess Anne, 70, Prince Andrew, 60, and Prince Edward, 56.
Princess Elizabeth and Philip first met in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent, and fell in love five years later at a key meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were visiting with their two daughters.
Prince Philip entertained his future wife by skipping tennis nets.
The king’s official biographer, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, recalled: “This was the man Princess Elizabeth had been in love with since their first meeting.”
The cousins’ engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947, and the wedding took place just four months later on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey.
Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, is the 10th member of the royal family to be married at Westminster Abbey.
Elizabeth wore a silk ivory dress by Norman Hartnell, which was adorned with 10,000 seed pearls, glittering crystals, and an intricate 13-meter (4-meter) train. The design of the dress was approved only less than three months before the day.
Prince Philip became Duke of Edinburgh before the wedding.
Five years after their marriage, Elizabeth became Queen of England.
Together, the couple celebrated the Queen’s silver, gold and diamond anniversaries and faced the ups and downs of life.
The duke added: “It may not be so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely important when it becomes difficult.”
“You can tell me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”
Three years ago, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary by organizing a black tie party for 100 friends and family at Windsor Castle.
He is elegantly dressed in gray pressed trousers and a jacket with a pocket towel. The elderly king also wore a blue and burgundy tie, a stripped tie, and the only hint of his advancement was a discreet hearing aid in his ear.
The 94-year-old queen is, as usual, flawless in a pale blue double-wool crepe dress by Stuart Parvin and a jewel relevant to the occasion, the chrysanthemum brooch.
The piece of sapphire and diamond, placed in platinum, was worn by the then Princess Elizabeth, in images taken on her honeymoon in Broadlands, Hampshire in 1947.
She also wore it in images made to commemorate her and the Duke’s 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.
Her Majesty also wore it during other important events in her life, both professional and personal, including in 1950 for a portrait with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and baby Princess Anne.
Seventy-three years is a milestone by any standards – but when it marks the longevity of a marriage, it’s something really special.
The Queen was only 21 when she set out on the aisle at Westminster Abbey with her adored Philip, then 26, on November 20, 1947, at 10:30 a.m.
Over the years, the couple, who have four children and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (so far), have found a balance in their relationship.
The duke, always protected, understands that his wife is the head of state and has duties that must take precedence in their lives.
But at home he is the one who wears the pants.
And while some find it strange that they haven’t lived together for long periods of time – since retiring in 2017, Philip has largely lived on Wood Farm on his wife Sandringham’s private estate with the Queen of Windsor – this is important agreement has worked for them.
Ironically, two national locks this year, which both saw them isolated in Windsor together, ensured that they spent more time under one roof than in recent decades.
Today their celebrations will be simple – dinner together, maybe a walk in the area. The queen was spotted driving yesterday (without a mask) for the first time in weeks.
But after more than seven decades of marriage, the most important thing is the fact that they are just together.