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Queen, Philip celebrate 69th anniversary

Press AssociationPress Association 20/11/2016 By Laura Elston, Press Association Court Reporter

The Queen and Prince Philip are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary.

Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten married in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947 when she was just 21 and her fiance was fresh from serving in the Royal Navy during WWII.

This year has seen Elizabeth - Britain's longest reigning sovereign - celebrate her 90th birthday and the Duke - the nation's longest serving royal consort - turn 95. Now they are just one year away from their milestone platinum wedding anniversary.

The Queen and Philip usually spend their weekends at their much-loved home Windsor Castle, where they are likely to mark the occasion privately.

Their 69-year union is seen as a key source of stability within the monarchy. On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband, saying: "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years."

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