BUCKINGHAM Palace has released a striking new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip to mark the royal couple’s 70th wedding anniversary.
The photograph, taken in early November by British photographer Matt Holyoak from Camera Press, shows The Queen, 91, and Duke of Edinburgh, 96, standing side by side in the white drawing room at Windsor Castle.
Together, they are framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s iconic 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, the Queen’s great-great-great-grandparents. They were married for 57 years.
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In her ninth decade of life, the Queen is looking as elegant as ever wearing a cream day dress designed by her in-house designer Angela Kelly, and a gold, ruby and diamond scarab brooch given to her by Prince Philip back in 1966.
The royal couple’s extraordinary love story has captivated the world’s attention over the Queen’s 65-year-reign.
The pair first met at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to Prince George, Duke of Kent in 1934.
Thirteen years later, the then Princess Elizabeth married the then Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.
The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.
On Monday, they will become the only British monarch to have ever reached their platinum anniversary.
Buckingham Palace confirmed last month that the Queen and Prince Philip would mark their 70th anniversary privately with close friends and family at Windsor Castle.
Along with the release of today’s portrait, the Palace has also released 70 facts about The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s wedding to celebrate 70 years of marriage. See them here.
It’s understood another series of portraits will be released tomorrow.
Photo via Twitter @RoyalFamily