Today is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 69th wedding anniversary.
Elizabeth and Philip, now 90 and 95 respectively, have topped the hierarchy of Britain’s royalty for more time than any before them and touched the hearts of the nation. So, to celebrate Phil and Liz’s 69 years we took a look back through the picture archive to share with you some of the special moments they’ve had together over the decades.
It is said it was in 1939 that Princess Elizabeth first fell for Philip as a teenager, but the picture above is one of the earliest of the couple together – from their first engagement photo shoot at Buckingham Palace in July 1947.
Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten married in Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947 when the heiress presumptive was just 21 and her fiance was fresh from serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. The Princess walked down the aisle, dressed in an ivory silk Norman Hartnell gown, decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, glittering crystals and an intricate 13ft (4m) star-patterned train.
Not long after, on November 14 1948, the couple’s first child was born – Prince Charles.
More photo shoots at the palace followed, with Elizabeth’s father King George VI and mother, also called Elizabeth, on hand to admire the little one.
Three more children would follow – Princess Anne the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew the Duke of York and Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, each now 66, 56 and 52 respectively.