The new season of “The Crown” gave viewers the opportunity to travel back in time and visit again one of the most memorable royal couples – Prince Charles and Princess Diana. But the return of the drama coincides closely with the anniversary of a far more lasting marriage at Windsor House.
On November 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II exchanged her vows with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Now, in honor of their 73-year-old union, the 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old husband have given a treat to the royal observers, posing for a new portrait.
The photo, taken in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier this week, captures a sweetly sentimental moment for the couple as they are seen watching an anniversary card made for them by great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The scene shows them surrounded by other cards and wishes to celebrate the big occasion.
And it really is. At 73, husband and wife, the couple has surpassed any other marriage in the history of the British monarchy – by a wide margin. The closest partnership was King George III and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who were married for 57 years in the 18th century.
In fact, during the platinum anniversary celebrations of Elizabeth and Philip in 2017, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness posed directly between paintings of George and Charlotte in the White Living Room at Windsor Castle.
The queen was only a teenager (and still not a queen) when she fell in love with the man then known as Philip Mountbatten and married him at the age of 21. But they were relatives long before they got married. The two are third cousins, from their common relationship with Queen Victoria, as well as second cousins after they were removed, from their relationship with King Christian IX of Denmark.
The couple has four children together, including Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. They also have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The photo, released on Thursday, is not the couple’s first official shot this year. They also posed for a special birthday portrait for Prince Philip’s 99th birthday in June, as well as a socially distant photo of their granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding in July.
Congratulations on the long-lasting royal duo!