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Queen marks first wedding anniversary without Prince Philip

Written by on 20/11/2021

The Queen has marked her first wedding anniversary without her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The date, coming seven months after Prince Philip died at the age of 99, would have seen the royal couple celebrate 74 years of marriage.

It follows a difficult few weeks for Britain’s longest-serving monarch after she was admitted to hospital overnight for preliminary investigations and ordered by royal doctors to rest.

EMBARGOED: Not for publication or onward transmission before 2200 BST Tuesday June 9, 2020. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured 1/6/2020 in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle ahead of his 99th birthday on Wednesday. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 9, 2020. The Queen is wearing an Angela Kelly dress with the Cullinan V diamond brooch. The Duke is wearing a Household Division tie. See PA story ROYAL Philip. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Image: The royal couple would have marked their 74th wedding anniversary together today

The 95-year-old, who was also forced to miss the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London as she had sprained her back, has only been carrying out light duties since her 20 October hospital stay.

This included a face-to-face audience this week with the outgoing military chief General Sir Nick Carter.

She is also reported to be determined to attend the joint christenings of her great-grandchildren in Windsor on Sunday.

The then Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.

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The bride, Princess Elizabeth and groom, the newly created Duke of Edinburgh on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after they were married in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Image: Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947
1982 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh taking photographs during their visit to the South Sea Islands of Tuvalu.
Image: Prince Philip was at the Queen’s side for more than seven decades

Their relationship lasted the longest of any British sovereign and Philip was at the Queen’s side throughout the decades, supporting her in her role as head of state.

Following his death in April, the Queen said she and her family were in a “period of great sadness”, but that she was comforted by the tributes paid to him.

“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life,” she said.

The duke’s funeral was held during coronavirus restrictions with the numbers strictly limited and took place entirely within the confines of Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Image: The Queen sat alone – socially distanced from her family – at the duke’s funeral

The Queen sat alone – socially distanced from her family – as she mourned.

In the days after Philip’s death, Buckingham Palace released a picture from the Royal Family’s private photo albums of the Queen and the duke relaxing together, sitting on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot on the Balmoral estate.

 Sky News

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