The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, pictured at the time of their engagement, 1947. The Queen and Prince Philip 70th wedding anniversary, the longest royal wedding in history
Princess Elizabeth and Lieut Philip Mountbatten announce their engagement, 1947. Credit: Copyright Mary Evans Picture Library 2015

As we pay tribute to the remarkable life and reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II, we look back at the 70th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip, making theirs officially the longest royal marriage in British history

The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on 20 November 2017 – a mere 70 years of marriage.

The couple first met when Elizabeth, then aged just 13, visited Philip’s naval college in Dartmouth. By all accounts, it was love at first sight.

Eight years later, their wedding at Westminster Abbey brightened up the gloom of post-war Britain.

During a long and happy union, the couple have combined thousands of public engagements with raising four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

As the Queen said on their golden anniversary in 1997, her husband is her “strength and stay”.

As for the longest marriage, it is going to be a hard record to beat.