Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II Through the Years
Highlights from a 70-year romance
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Engagement Announcement
Queen Elizabeth II, then a princess, shares a smile with Prince Philip after their engagement is announced in July 1947. The engagement was kept secret until after Elizabeth’s 21st birthday.
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Princess Elizabeth married Philip at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947. The ceremony was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners.
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Prince Charles’ Christening
The young couple celebrate the baptism of their first child, Prince Charles, in December 1948, a month after his birth.
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Square Dancing
Elizabeth and Philip look the part while square dancing on a tour of Canada in 1951.
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The Family Grows
Elizabeth and Philip share a moment with their eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, in 1951.
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The newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II waves to crowds with Prince Philip after her 1953 coronation.
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Corgi Days
The couple walk the grounds of Windsor Castle with corgi Sugar in 1959.
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Meeting the Kennedys
The Queen and Prince Philip host President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jackie Kennedy at Buckingham Palace in 1961.
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A New Royal
The royal couple introduce their youngest child, Prince Edward, to the crowds at Trooping the Colour in 1964.
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Good Sports
Elizabeth awards trophies to Philip and Charles after a polo match in 1967.
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Silver Anniversary
Elizabeth and Philip celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple received around 15,000 congratulatory letters and 2,500 telegrams from around the world to mark the milestone.
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Equestrian Life
Elizabeth photographs a horse at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1973.
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Strike a Pose
Elizabeth and Philip get into the vacation spirit during a tour of the South Pacific in 1982.
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Trooping the Colour
The royal couple enjoy the ceremony at Trooping the Colour in 1983.
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The Great Wall
Elizabeth, the first British sovereign to enter China, visits the Great Wall of China with Philip in 1986.
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A New Millennium
In a rare display of public affection for the couple, Philip kisses Elizabeth on New Year’s Eve 1999.
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Having a Laugh
Elizabeth is amused to find her husband posing as a member of the Queen’s Guard in 2003.
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A Honeymoon Flashback
For their 60th anniversary in 2007, the couple lovingly re-created a photo taken during their honeymoon.
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Their Platinum Year
A few months before celebrating 70 years of marriage, Elizabeth and Philip visit Stirling Castle in Scotland in July 2017.
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