British Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary, Windsor Castle, Great Britain, Nov 17, 2020. Chris Jackson / . Europe / Submitted via REUTERS
LONDON, Nov 20 (.) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday, an occasion they will not be able to share with their family as England is currently under coronavirus restrictions.
Elizabeth, 94, and Felipe, 99, were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey, just two years after the end of World War II.
To mark their anniversary, Buckingham Palace published a photograph of a smiling monarch and her husband looking at a card made by their great-grandchildren, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, along with other greeting cards and letters.
The photo was taken at Windsor Castle, the queen’s residence in West London, where the couple is in their quarantine.
In a nod to her early days of marriage, Isabel wore a crystal brooch, made of sapphires and diamonds, which she used for photos taken in Broadlands, southern England, during the early part of her honeymoon.
The couple met when they both 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 paid a visit to her parents at Britain’s Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, in the south-west of England, where he was a cadet.
While royal analysts say Elizabeth and Philip have had their ups and downs like any married couple, they have not had the tribulations of three of their four children, whose marriages have ended in divorce, the most renowned being Prince Charles with his late first wife, Princess Diana.
“He’s just been my strength and support all these years,” Isabel said as the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
(Reporting by Michael Holden. Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)