Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip share gorgeous 70th wedding anniversary portrait

Carla Harmon
November 20, 2017

At the last meeting of Full Council, Alderman Gregg McKeen brought a notice of motion that the anniversary be celebrated by the placing of new Royal portraits in Mayor's Parlours in the Borough, and the best wishes of the Council be extended to the Queen and Prince Philip.

The Abbey, the grand Gothic church near the UK Parliament complex in London, was where the royal couple had got married on November 20, 1947.

The then-Princess Elizabeth married naval officer Lt. Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, in a Britain physically and economically ravaged by World War II.

The Queen is wearing a cream dress by Angela Kelly and a "Scarab" brooch designed by Andrew Grima and given to her as a gift from Philip in 1966.

The photograph, taken by Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, shows the royal couple framed by Thomas Gainsborough's 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years.

In the photographs, the couple are seen smiling, looking straight at the camera and at each other in one of them.

The Queen, 91, is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary. Although the bells of Westminster Abbey will ring in celebration, she and the Duke will hold a private dinner party at Windsor Castle, with messages of congratulation passed in person rather than in front of the crowds.

Theyare preparing to welcome their sixth great- grandchild in April 2018, when the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton is born.

Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the ceremony with 2,000 guests in attendance as "a flash of colour on the hard road we travel" as Britain was still recovering from the ravages of World War II.

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