LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday, an occasion they will not be able to share with their family as England is currently under coronavirus blockade.
Elizabeth, 94, and Philip, 99, were married in London̵
To mark their anniversary, Buckingham Palace released a photo of a smiling monarch and her husband looking at a postcard made by her great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, along with other postcards and letters from well-wishers.
The photo was taken at Windsor Castle, home of the Queen west of London, where the couple is staying during the lock.
As a nod to their early days of marriage, Elizabeth wore a chrysanthemum brooch made of sapphires and diamonds, which she wore for photos taken in Broadlands in the South of England during the first part of their honeymoon.
The couple met for the first time when they attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to Elizabeth’s uncle, the Duke of Kent, in 1934.
Philip caught the attention of his future wife when the then 13-year-old princess visited her parents at Britain’s Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in south-west England, where she was a cadet.
While royal observers claim that Elizabeth and Philip had their ups and downs like any married couple, they avoided the grief of three of their four children, whose marriages ended in divorce, most notably the unfortunate union of their eldest blue prince. Charles with his late first wife Princess Diana.
“He was just my strength and stayed with me all these years,” Elizabeth said as the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
Report by Michael Holden; edited by Stephen Addison