Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary
NEW official portraits of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip have been released to mark the royal couple's 70th wedding anniversary.
The Queen, 91, and Philip, 96, were married on November 20, 1947, and are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary tomorrow after an extraordinary royal romance which has spanned the Queen's 65-year-reign.
No public events are being held but the pair is hosting an intimate dinner party for family and friends, and Buckingham Palace has released striking new portraits of the couple to mark the anniversary.
The first photograph, shot at Windsor Castle, the royal estate outside London, was taken earlier this month.
The Queen is wearing a cream day dress by her favourite British designer and official dresser since 2002, Angela Kelly, which she previously wore 10 years ago at a thanksgiving service to mark the couple's 60th wedding anniversary.
She is also wearing the gold, ruby and diamond scarab brooch which her husband gave her in 1966.
The brooch was designed by Andrew Grima.
In the photograph, taken in Windsor Castle's White Drawing Room, the Queen and Prince Philip are framed by Thomas Gainsborough's 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were third grandparents to Queen Elizabeth. They were married for 57 years.
A second series of further photographs will be released tomorrow.
Prominent British portrait photographer Matt Holyoak, from the agency Camera Press, took the photographs.
Camera Press's first assignment was the distribution of the official wedding photos of then-Princess Elizabeth and then-Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten 70 years ago.
Prince Philip, formally known as the Duke of Edinburgh, retired from official duties in August due to his advancing years, but he occasionally accompanies the Queen to public events.
The pair appeared together last week in London at Remembrance Sunday commemorations for Britain's war dead.
For the first time in her 65-year reign, the Queen did not lay the royal family's wreath on the cenotaph, finding it too difficult to stand for 30 minutes for the service.
Instead, she joined her husband on the balcony of the Foreign Office to watch the commemorations, while heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, who celebrated his 69th birthday last week, laid the official wreath.