On Nov. 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II swapped vows with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Now, in honor of their 73-year union, the 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old husband have given royal watchers a treat by posing for a new portrait.
In this handout image released by Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip look at a homemade wedding anniversary card given to them by their great-grandchildren .
The photo, taken in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier this week, captures a sweetly sentimental moment for the couple, as they’re seen looking at an anniversary card made for them by great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The scene shows them surrounded by other cards and well-wishes to mark the big occasion.
And it truly is that. With 73 years as husband and wife, the pair have surpassed any other marriage in the history of the British monarchy — by quite a margin. The closest any other couple has come to their lengthy partnership was King George III and his queen consort, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who were married for 57 years in the 18th century.