London-ALSHARQIYA November 20: Queen Elizabeth of Britain and her husband Prince Philip celebrate their 73rd marriage today, Friday, an occasion that they will not be able to celebrate with the rest of the family in light of the general isolation currently imposed to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
Elizabeth, 94, and Philip, 99, were married in Westminster Abbey in London on November 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War II.
Buckingham Palace published a picture of the smiling Queen and her husband looking at a greeting card from their grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, along with other cards and messages.
The photo was taken at Windsor Castle, the Queen's residence in west London, where the couple is staying during public isolation.
In a nod to their early days of marriage, Elizabeth wore a sapphire and diamond brooch that appeared in photos of her in Broadlands, southern England, during her honeymoon.
The couple first met when they attended the wedding of Philip's cousin Princess Marina of Greece to Elizabeth's uncle, the Duke of Kent, in 1934.
Philip caught the attention of his future wife when the 13-year-old princess visited with her parents the British Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in southwestern England, where he was a student.
While royal watchers say that Elizabeth and Philip went through ups and downs like any couple, they avoided the suffering of three of their four children whose marriages ended in divorce, most notably the marriage of their eldest son Prince Charles to his late first wife, Princess Diana.
"It has been quite simply my strength for all these years," said Elizabeth, when the couple celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1997.