Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate being together for 71 years of marriage
The couple celebrated the milestone on November 20, and they have been together the longest for any British monarch
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been together for an incredible 71 long years, with the couple celebrating the milestone on November 20. Their 71st anniversary is the longest for any British monarch.
The anniversary follows a great year for the royal family, which saw weddings, babies, and successful tours this 2018. The Queen and Philip also became great grand-parents for the 6th and 7th time after the birth of Prince Louis, who is Kate Middleton and Prince William's third child, and Zara Tindall's second child, Lena, who was born in the month of June.
The couple was witnessed two of their grandchildren getting married this year -- Meghan Markle to Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie to her longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank. Prince Harry and Meghan got married in May at the St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle as did Princess Eugenie a few months.
Eugenie's wedding was followed with an announcement from Kensington Palace that the Duchess of Sussex was expecting her first child with husband Harry, with the baby due in Spring 2019. Elizabeth and Philip also experienced the joy and delight of celebrating the 70th birthday of their eldest child, Prince Charles.
Elizabeth and Philip met in the year 1934 while attending the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, who was the Duke of Kent. The royal couple ended up falling in love around five years later while at a meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth had visited along with their two daughters.
As reported by DailyMail, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, the king’s official biographer, shared, "This was the man with whom Princess Elizabeth had been in love from their first meeting." The official announcement of their engagement was announced on July 9, 1947 and the wedding took place around four months after at Westminster Abbey.
The couple's golden wedding anniversary took place in 1997, when the Queen paid a very emotional and touching tribute to her husband, saying, "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years." Philip for his part praised the Queen for her tolerance and said, "I think the main lesson that we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage."
"It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult. You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance," he further added.