Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Have Been Married for 70 Years
Today marks the couple's platinum wedding anniversary.
The Queen commemorated the milestone by giving her prince the ultimate gift-she made him a knight. Queen Elizabeth presented Prince Philip with the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which recognizes distinguished personal service to the reigning monarch. We have a feeling that will be a little hard to top! The royals also celebrated their longstanding union by releasing four new portraits. The first, the official anniversary photo released on Saturday, featured the smiling Queen in a bridal-inspired sheath dress, which she paired with pearls and a garnet brooch. The Duke of Edinburgh looked dapper by her side in a gray jacket and red tie. Just one day after the initial portrait was released, three more images hit the press. These showed the duo in front of a platinum-colored background, a nod to the monumental anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have the longest royal marriage in history-but their union almost didn't take place. The young Queen had to fight for the naval officer after her father, King George VI, expressed his doubts. But Elizabeth, who had fallen in love with her prince as a teenager, was determined. "She fell in love at age 18 and she never looked at anyone else," biographer Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen, told People.
So much of the Queen and the Prince's lives has been kept secret, but we do have one window into their marriage by way of the Netflix hit, The Crown. While the series' plot line is often embellished or fictionalized, executive producer Suzanne Mackie maintains that the depiction of Elizabeth and Philip's relationship's origins is factual. "One of Elizabeth's greatest achievements is being allowed to marry the love of her life. Like any marriage, it would undertake endless recalibration and navigation and re-negotiation," she said.