The Queen and Prince Philip smile joyfully as they open an anniversary card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary, which is tomorrow.
The monarch and Duke of Edinburgh this week opened a selection of cards and letters sent by well-wishers in the Oak Room of Windsor Castle, as they spend the second lockdown together.
Royal sources said the couple were “delighted to be able to spend the time together” at the Berkshire residence, dubbed ‘HMS Bubble’ after 22 staff quarantined with the royals during the first coronavirus outbreak.
The couple were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.
But the bells of the majestic church will not ring out again tomorrow for the Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding anniversary, as the Abbey is under restricted services due to coronavirus.
The Queen, 94 and Philip, 99 – who Her Majesty has described as her “strength and stay” – have in recent years been apart for the special day as the Duke of Edinburgh is based mainly at Wood Farm in Sandringham since his retirement in 2017.
The Queen is wearing a pale blue double wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin, and the Chrysanthemum Brooch made of sapphires and diamonds, set in platinum.
She has previously been photographed wearing the stunning item while on her honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire, and again in images taken to mark The Queen and The Duke’s 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.
They were pictured twice together this summer at Windsor Castle, firstly on June 1 to commemorate Philip’s 99th birthday and on July 10 at the wedding of Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi which took place on July 17 at the Royal Chapel of All Saints on the estate.
The Queen and Philip will spend the day celebrating privately.