20 NOV 2017
Royal Platinum Wedding Anniversary
In November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary (70yrs) - not only the first time a reigning Sovereign had reached this milestone but historically the first Royal couple ever, a record unlikely to reoccur.
A photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
& Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh from the series taken by Matt Holyoak
to celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary
Later that evening, a private dinner was held for 150 guests withing the State Apartments in Windsor Castle. Amongst the invited guests were many members of the British Royal Family and also included the last two surviving bridesmaids at their wedding in 1947 - The Lady Pamela Hicks (b.1929), Mountbatten's youngest daughter and Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy (b.1936), the granddaughter of King George V (1865(1910-1936) whose mother was also Prince Philip's cousin. Other relatives who attended included Prince Philip's nephews - Maximilian, The Margrave of Baden (b.1933) and Prince Ludwig of Baden (b.1937), and Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (b.1945), who is one of The Queen's god-sons and also her third cousin whose mother - Princess Alexandra of Greece & Denmark, later Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia (1921-1993) was a second cousin to The Duke. The dinner was followed by entertainment, where the actress Miss Joanna Lumley (b.1946) was the "Master of Ceremonies".
To commemorate the occasion, Buckingham Palace released several semi-informal photographs of The Queen & The Duke, taken by the celebrity portrait and fashion British photographer - Anthony Holyoak (b.1975). The Royal couple made it known that they decided that they wished to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary privately and unlike their Diamond Wedding anniversary in 2007, there was no public Service of Thanksgiving or national event. However at 1pm on 20th November 2017, the bells of Westiminster Abbey - where the Royal couple were married in 1947, rang out a full peal of over 5,000 changes, which lasted nearly three hours. To see a brief news report about the Royal Platinum Wedding Anniversary - click HERE. Later on 20th November 2017, it was announced that The Queen appointed her husband a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) and awarded him the insignia in private at Windsor Castle, where the Royal couple spend the day. The appointment of the honour meant that The Duke will be able to wear 4 stars of British orders, which his uncle - Mountbatten (his uncle) was the last person to be entitled to do so.