The Queen and Prince Philip’s New Anniversary Photo Has a Special Reference to Their Honeymoon

content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>The Queen and Prince Philip’s New Anniversary Photo Has a Special Reference to Their HoneymoonTo celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary, the palace released a picture of the couple with a card from their great-grandchildren.

November 20, 2020

Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

After Prince Philip’s retirement from royal duties at the age of 96 in 2017, he and Queen Elizabeth lived apart for most of the year, with Philip opting to settle in at the secluded Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate. Last year, when their 72nd wedding rolled around on November 20, they celebrated separately, because the queen was at an international affairs award ceremony in London. This year, however, the couple has spent most of the year in the same residence because of the pandemic, and were able to mark their impressive 73 years together on Friday.

In a picture released by Buckingham Palace, the couple is shown in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, smiling at a handmade card sent to them by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Prince William and Kate Middleton later released a picture of the card on their Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1329717751175401473

In the portrait, taken by veteran royal photographer Chris Jackson, the queen is wearing the same diamond-and-sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch she wore in their honeymoon photos. It’s the second new portrait of the couple released this year; in June, they were photographed together at Windsor Castle to mark Philip’s 99th birthday.

On November 2, Philip traveled to Windsor to spend the month-long lockdown with the queen. The couple will reportedly stay in Windsor through the Christmas holidays. On Friday, she was also photographed riding horses around the Windsor estate’s ground, the first time she’s been seen since she attended a small Remembrance Sunday ceremony earlier this month.

Though the different parts of the royal family have largely been separated since the beginning of the coronavirus, the Cambridge family was able to have a socially distanced visit with Philip and the queen during the family vacation to Balmoral in August. The coronavirus restrictions mean the royal family’s usual Christman traditions are off the table.

The couple was married at Westminster Abbey in 1947, and the tiara that the queen wore that day was featured in a different royal wedding earlier this year. When Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise Windsor ceremony in July, she wore the Queen Mary Fringe tiara and a dress she borrowed from her grandmother. The queen and Philip were among the guests at the small ceremony, and afterwards the two couples posed for photos six feet apart.

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