The Queen & Prince Philip Have Big Plans for Their 70th Anniversary

Nov 18, 2017 at 8:07 p.m. ET
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been married for 70 years. Let's pause to let that digest, shall we?

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70 years?! Now that is something to celebrate.

And the couple, along with the rest of the royal household, will do just that on Monday with a private dinner with family and friends at Windsor Castle, according to the BBC. I wonder if Meghan Markle will be on Prince Harry's arm for the occasion? She has already met the queen, after all.

The bells of Westminster Abbey, where the royal couple wed in 1947, will also toll on the day to celebrate the anniversary. As if that wasn't enough, Royal Mail has also released six commemorative stamps for the occasion.

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And there's more: The queen and Prince Philip also debuted their portrait in honor of the day.


British photographer Matt Holyoak took the picture and explained, "I feel very honored and privileged to have been asked to contribute to this very special occasion. My vision for the image was to capture an intimate and natural portrait of the Queen and Duke to celebrate their landmark anniversary. The Queen and the Duke were very happy and relaxed which made it a pleasure. I feel the images showcase their strength and unity."

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are the first royal couple to celebrate their 70th anniversary. They married when they were Princess Elizabeth, 21, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, 26.