19 November 2017

Countdown to the 70th: The Queen & Prince Philip's 7th Decade

In this daily series, we will countdown the last week until the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh (formerly a Prince of Greece). Each day, we will offer just a few snaps from each decade of their marriage.

Today, we celebrate the seventh 10 years. This is the decade that I like to call the "era of the smiling Queen." Never before have so many photos of Elizabeth smiling and laughing been taken. Overall, the royal couple, now in their 90s seem far more relaxed, especially in public. In this decade, they experienced the great public celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and experienced public adoration for the Queen's "arrival" at the London Olympics with James Bond. This decade also brought the marriage of their three eldest granchildren and the birth of their first five great-grandchildren. Indeed, their 70th anniversary, which they have decided to mark privately, is a bit overshadowed by the rumored engagement of their fourth grandchild, Prince Harry, and the certain expectation of their sixth great-grandchild. In the past few months, Prince Philip has formally retired at the unusual age of 95 and the Queen has begun to be escorted by her children and grandchildren. Together, they have weathered many personal and public storms, but their marriage and the monarchy seem even stronger than when they started. Congratulations to them both!

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