LONDON – The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on Tuesday, marking the longest marriage of any British sovereign.
Last year, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their platinum anniversary with a black tie Royal banquet at Windsor Castle, the tolling of bells at Westminster Abbey and a Royal Mail stamp collection, but this year’s celebration will be a lot more subdued and private.
The Buckingham Palace official royal agenda said the 92-year-old monarch would visit the Headquarters of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London’s Parliament Square to mark the 150th anniversary of its Royal Charter.
Prince Philip, 97, retired from public life last year and often retreats to the family’s home on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.
The Queen was a 21-year-old princess when she married a Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947 in the presence of 2,000 guests.
It was six years before she was crowned Queen of England aged just 27.
Westminster Abbey is the Anglican church that has witnessed 16 royal weddings since the 12th century; the last royal wedding being Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in 2011.
The Queen and Prince Phillip, who last week celebrated the 70th birthday of their first son and heir to the throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, have three more children from their marriage: Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, plus eight grandsons and seven great-grandsons.
This year’s low-key anniversary celebrations are possibly welcome by the veteran sovereign after a busy 2018 celebrating two royal weddings, two royal babies with one more on its way.