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Queen and Duke the picture of happiness in new photo

By Aine Fox

A new portrait of the Queen with the Duke of Edinburgh has been released as a weekend of celebrations for the monarch's birthday begins.

Wearing matching pale pink, the couple, who have been married for more than 68 years, sit side-by-side as they smile for the camera.

The picture was released on the day the Duke celebrates his 95th birthday, and a day ahead of the Queen's official 90th.

It is the sixth and final picture in a series of portraits taken by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz to mark the Queen's birthday milestone.

Others included the Queen in separate images with her beloved corgis and the royal children.

In the latest picture, the Queen wears a pink cardigan with gold buttons over a pink and white striped blouse, while the Duke wears a pink shirt under a light brown jacket with a matching pink pocket square.

The picture was taken at Windsor Castle after Easter.

Dame Judi Dench last night praised the Duke of Edinburgh's charity work at a James Bond-themed fundraiser.

The Duke was joined by 007 stars, including Sir Roger Moore and Naomie Harris, for a Diamonds Are Forever gala to mark the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Bond actress Dame Judi said the scheme had "galvanised a lot of young people into doing a lot of good things".

"My own nephew did the Duke of Edinburgh Awards - it gives people a focus, and they realise 'there's something I can do' and it's thrilling," she added.

Dame Judi, who paid tribute to Bond with a diamonte 007 motif on her shoulder, also admitted that she was "nervous" about meeting the royals.

The Duke, who founded the charity in 1956, attended along with The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Sir Roger, who played Bond between 1973 and 1985, said: "Everybody in the film business, both on screen and theatre, is called upon to support various charities - every cause is good."

In the first of three days of celebrations for the Queen, a service of thanksgiving will take place at St Paul's Cathedral today, followed by the Trooping the Colour ceremony on tomorrow, and a street party in The Mall in London tomorrow.

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