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How Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip took a trip back in time for an historic moment

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated many milestones throughout her historic, 70 year reign. One of Her Majesty’s most notable personal milestones was her Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2007. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip marked their 60 years of marriage with a series of photographs recreating images taken on their 1947 honeymoon. They visited Broadlands to take the photos, where they spent the first night of their honeymoon. At the time, it was the home of Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten. 

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For the recreated photographs, Elizabeth wore the same three strand pearl necklace and sapphire brooch that she wore in the original photos. The Chrysanthemum Brooch is a collection of sapphires and diamonds set in platinum. (She also wore the same brooch in 2020 for photographs marking what would be the couple’s last anniversary together.) 

The couple also hosted a family dinner at Clarence House on 18 November 2007 to celebrate their anniversary with their family. It was attended by their children and their spouses, and their grandchildren and their spouses (aside from Lady Louise who was only four at the time), as well as the Queen’s cousins, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Princess Margaret’s children and their spouses. 

On 19 November 2007, there was a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in honour of their Diamond Anniversary. Two thousand people filled the Abbey to celebrate the occasion, including several members of the wedding party. One of the seamstresses who had worked on Elizabeth’s Norman Hartnell gown was invited, as well as choristers who performed on the day of the wedding itself. 

This anniversary was the first Diamond wedding anniversary celebrated by a British monarch. George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were married for 57 years before his death in 1820. 

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