11/20/2012

Queen and Prince Philip 'quietly' celebrate 65 years of marriage

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Balcony scenes have been a regular part of the royal couple's life since they were married in 1947.

After 65 years together, perhaps 'quiet' is the most welcome adjective to put on a wedding anniversary celebration.

For Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, it means they can embrace a little solitude on Tuesday, an all-too-brief respite from what is just another working week for the most senior members of the Royal Family.

On Monday night, they took in the Royal Variety Performance in London, a parade of talent from Alicia Keys to Rod Stewart to Andrea Bocelli. Philip's favourite? "All of them ... but to be honest we're both stone deaf."

Queen coleTypical Philip. And typical Elizabeth too, chatting up the performers and leaving even the stars star-struck. (“The Queen is so delicate. She has hair like candy floss," tweeted Cheryl Cole, right.)

And so it goes.

The 91-year-old Duke has a slate of engagements Wednesday and Friday, and will accompany the 86-year-old Queen to Bristol on Thursday.

If there are any plans for either of them to give in to an urge to slow down, they are keeping it a secret.

After 65 years -- all but five of them as the main residents at Buckingham Palace -- this is a couple who is completely at ease in their environment, and with each other.

Like any marriage, there have been bumps, though never in the public eye. Philip once credited the longevity of their union to the fact they have different interests. Yet they are incredibly well suited to one another. And they can still laugh.

The marriage itself is rarely on public display. The closest to maritial insights may have come on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. First, it was the Queen paying tribute to her partner:

"He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments, but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I and his whole family, in this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know."

From the Duke, a recipe for togetherness:

"The main lesson we've learned is that tolerance is the one central ingredient of any happy marriage. It might not be so important when things are going well but it is absolutely vital when things get difficult. ... You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”

 

We leave you with a few scenes from this royal marriage:

Queen Elizabeth-1947Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip shortly after their engagement. The couple first met in 1939, when the future Queen was just 13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince Philip wed
Their wedding was celebrated at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947. In the lean years after the Second World War, the Queen used ration coupons to purchase the material for her dress designed by Norman Hartnell.

Queen philip 1950s
With corgi and kids in tow, the Queen visits Philip on the polo grounds in the 1950s.

Queen 1959 bay st.
The royal tour of 1959 included a ticker-tape reception for the royal couple as they travelled in an open car down Bay St. in Toronto.

Queen philip 1973

Queen philip 1982Above: At their Balmoral home, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 1973 with their children: Edward (the youngest), Andrew, Anne and Charles.

Right: In a rare sighting of royals kissing in public, Prince Philip bids his wife adieu in Ottawa in 1982 as he heads back home and she continues a tour.

 

 

 

Queen philip 2007
On the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007, Philip and the Queen pose at Broadlands, the home in southern England where they spent their wedding night in 1947.

Queen philip 2009 parliament
All dressed up and weighed down by jewels and medals, the royal couple open the British Parliament in 2009. (Getty Images)

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