Sixty-five years ago today, Britain rejoiced while witnessing a royal event, the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten R.N. (aka Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark).
The couple had met in the late 1930s and the young princess fell madly in love with the handsome Greek prince who had moved to England following the collapse of his parents' marriage. While living with his Mountbatten relatives, Prince Philip attended Gordonstoun in Scotland and later joined the Royal Navy. It was while serving in the navy that he first metPrincess Elizabeth.
Nearly a decade passed before the couple walked down the aisle joined forever in matrimony.
Four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren later, the august couple reaches a milestone today – their Sixty-fifth wedding anniversary ... it surely is a first among English royals!
Very few other royal couples have reached this milestone, among them: the Count and Countess of Paris (who were married 68 years), the Count and Countess of Caserta (who were married nearly sixty-six years). Others have nearly reached the milestone (Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria and Paz of Spain – 1883-1946), but the milestone remains an exclusive "club."
We wish Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh many more years of health!