The Queen and Prince Philip Mark 70 Years of Marriage With New Photos
On Nov. 20, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, and to mark the momentous occasion, the royal couple have released a new set of photographs. One shows the pair standing in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, while a further three are staged against a platinum backdrop (as this is their platinum anniversary). The photos were taken in early November and show the Queen wearing a cream day dress by Angela Kelly and an Andrew Grima 'Scarab' brooch (from her vast collection) in yellow gold, carved ruby, and diamond, which was a personal gift from the Duke to the Queen in 1966. Both look happy and relaxed in the photographs, which were taken by photographer Matt Holyoak. He posted one of the shots to his Instagram, saying "I am very honoured to have been commissioned to photograph Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh for their 70th wedding anniversary. I would like to congratulate Her Majesty and His Royal Highness on their landmark achievement."
Not only have the pair celebrated the occasion with a new set of photographs, but the Queen has also appointed Prince Philip a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). The knighthood was in honour of his "services to the sovereign." The longest-married British royal couple are celebrating by recognising Prince Philip's devotion to his service as a royal and to the Queen. This honour is thought to make him the only living UK citizen with four knight titles.