Happy 73rd Wedding Anniversary to The Queen and Prince Philip!

Happy 73rd wedding anniversary Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II!ūüíě

In today's age of marital discord and rampant divorce cases, it's so rare for a couple to reach a platinum wedding anniversary, such an awe-inspiring marriage milestone! 

Anniversary photo of the couple taken in Windsor castle. By Getty Images 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh indeed epitomize "a love that lasts a lifetime", they are perfect embodiment of what marriages should be. With them, we've got to believe that there's still such a thing as "forever". ūüíĖ

Longest marriage of a monarch 

The Queen is the only current monarch in the world,  or sitting world leader, that reaches this milestone of having to live and celebrate her 73rd wedding anniversary. 

Honeymoon in Broadlands 

The British royal family has reasons to feel blessed and grateful for the Queen and Prince Philip still around celebrating this inspiring milestone in their marriage. 

They symbolized eternal and enduring love, devotion to each other and loyalty to the marriage vow. They still have their eyes for each other after all these years.

Prince Philip gave up his decorated naval career to become a full-time prince consort in 1952 until 2017 when old age forced him to retire.

Enduring Love

Their engagement was announced on July 1947 and they were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey attended by most royal families in Europe. 

Official engagement. 1947
Engagement portrait. 1947

The union produced four children: The Prince of Wales who just turned 72 six days ago, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

Wedding day. Nov.20, 1947

Their marriage passed through many rough patches but endured to become one of the most stable marriages in European monarchy history.

The young couple with their first born,
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales 
With young Princess Anne 
and Prince Charles 
With youngest son, Prince Edward 

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are third cousins from Queen Victoria of Britain, and second cousin once removed, from King Christian IX of Denmark.

Queen's coronation in 1953

They were married at the time where royal marriages in Europe really means ROYAL marriages as future monarchs were expected to marry someone of royal blood. 

Since her accession to the throne in 1952, Prince Philip became his wife's "rock" supporting her in fulfilling her duties to the commonwealth, inspiring her subjects and serving as a unifying symbol of her nation during trying times.

Attending public duties 

Prince Philip is always at her side and became her staunchest defender. Unlike other claims that their marriage was arranged, the couple maintained it was true love that ushered them to the altar. 

The Queen

She married Prince Philip when she was still a princess and heir presumptive of her father, King George VI. She has one sibling born four years after her birth in 1926. Princess Margaret.

The young Princess Elizabeth and her mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon 

The Queen has a very secluded upbringing. She and her sister were home schooled within the palace walls supervised by their governess.

Princess Elizabeth 
With sister, Princess Margaret and parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth 

Her friends were her cousins and she met only fewest men, mostly from the upperclass, one of them was her cousin, Prince Philip, who often spent Christmas and New Year with them at Windsor Castle or summer breaks in Balmoral castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh 

Prince Philip is the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He has four older sisters who all married German princes. His father was the 7th son of King George I of Greece and Queen Olga, a Russian Grand Duchess.

Young Prince Philip and his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg 

He grew up in Britain under the care of his maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (later Marchioness of Milford-Haven), a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. And his maternal uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten.

The young Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. 16 years old 
Prince Philip, his parents, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Princess Alice, and sisters, Princesses Margareta, Theodora, Cecille and Sophie

He joined the Royal Navy in 1939 and saw action under enemy's fire during World War II. At the time of his birth, he was sixth in line of succession to the Greek throne but in 1947, he renounced his claim to the Greek throne to become a British subject.

As a young navy officer

On the night of their wedding, he was created Duke of Edinburgh by his secound cousin and father-in-law, King George VI.

Prince Philip is the only current consort of a European crown head who is royal by birth. At 99 years old, he is the longest serving prince consort in British history and the oldest living great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria of Britain.

In 2017, he retired from public duties and spent most of his retirement days at Wood Farm house in Sandringham estate of the Queen in Norfolk, joining the royal family only on important family occasions.

Marriage is all about sharing laughter 
           About togetherness and respect 
About support 
About companionship 
Birthday portrait of Prince Philip.
June 2020. Windsor Castle

The public witnessed them evolved from a young girl and lad up to their engagement and marriage and down to many trying times. But they endured and overcame all obstacles. The challenges of times made their union even stronger and steadier.

Prince Philip is always at his wife's side

Such an inspiring enduring marriage worth emulating. What kept it steadier is the amou of devotion and respect they gave to each other. Awesome royal couple! 

Happy 73rd wedding anniversary! Long live the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh!ūüíěūüíĖūüéČūüĎϬ†

The Queen and Prince Philip in photos

                   Wedding portrait. 1947

Summer break in Balmoral
Official portrait 
Official tour
Official portrait. Buckingham Palace 

Family Photos
Buckingham Palace 
Balmoral summer
With grandchildren 
           With eldest son, Prince Charles 
With second son, Prince Andrew
With their four children 

Long live the Queen and Prince Philip! Wish you more years to celebrate your wedding anniversary. ūüíěūüéČ

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