Buckingham Palace has released a new photograph to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th wedding anniversary to Prince Philip on November 20th.
The photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip was taken by Matt Hollyoak in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, earlier this month (November 2017).
The couple will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary privately with their children and grandchildren with a special dinner at Windsor Castle. The guest list includes Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Princess Kate and Prince Harry.
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth became the country’s longest reigning monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria, and in February 2016 she became the first monarch to celebrate her sapphire jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne.
Earlier this year, Prince Philip retired from public duties but still appears with the Queen on engagements. Only last week he joined the Queen as the nation paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth had previously paid tribute to her husband on their golden wedding anniversary, celebrating 50 years together.
“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” she said.
The Queen first visited Colchester in June 1954 when she was still Princess Elizabeth. Her first official visit as Queen was in March 1958.
She returned in May 1985 visiting the University of Essex before going to lunch at Colchester Town Hall.
The last visit to Colchester by Queen Elizabeth was in 2004 where she and Prince Philip walked the High Street greeted by thousands of well-wishers.
At 1 p.m. on Monday November 20th the bells at Westminster Abbey, where the couple were married, will ring to mark the milestone.