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Queen and Duke celebrate 69th wedding anniversary

By Laura Elston

Published 21/11/2016

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have celebrated their anniversary
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have celebrated their anniversary
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day
Prince Harry meets Governor General His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams in Antigua

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

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

This year has seen Elizabeth II - 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.

It was in 1939 that Princess Elizabeth was said to have first fallen for Philip as a teenager. The distant cousins had been at the same gatherings on a number of occasions, but had their first publicised and pivotal meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, in July of that year when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited with their two daughters.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry is heading to Antigua and Barbuda for a major tour of the Caribbean that will see him celebrate the region's history, achievements and culture.

Harry will spend 15 days travelling around the island nations on behalf of the Queen and is said to be greatly looking forward to the trip.

His travels will take him to six countries where the Queen is head of state - Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines - and the Commonwealth nation of Guyana.

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