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New royal photo to celebrate Queen and Philip’s 73rd anniversary

London: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday, and for the occasion the royal couple have released a photograph of themselves opening a card from three of their great-grandchildren.

The photo made public late on Thursday, London time, shows Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and her husband seated on a sofa at Windsor Castle, examining the card made by the children of their grandson Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. The card features a pop-up number 73.

Well wishes: the Queen and Prince Philip read a homemade wedding anniversary card, given to them by their great grandchildren.

Well wishes: the Queen and Prince Philip read a homemade wedding anniversary card, given to them by their great grandchildren.Credit:Getty Images

Elizabeth was only 21 when she married Royal Navy Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. She has been Queen since 1952, ruling longer than any other British monarch.

Her marriage to Philip is also the longest for any British sovereign.

While the Queen continues to carry out her duties, Philip, 99, has retired from public life. With England under a national lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple is self-isolating at Windsor Castle.

AP

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