The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip’s German relatives arrive at Windsor Castle for Platinum Anniversary celebrations

The Duke of Edinburgh had relatives from Germany join him and The Queen at Windsor Castle this week as the couple celebrate 70 years of marriage.

On the day of their anniversary, Prince Philip was pictured carriage riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle alongside his nephew Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, and the Margrave’s brother, Prince Ludwig of Baden.

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It is unknown whether any other relatives of the Duke are in Britain for the Platinum Anniversary celebrations, although if there are, they will likely attend dinner at the castle this evening.

The 81-year-old Margrave of Baden is a nephew to Prince Philip through his mother. He is also first cousin to the Prince of Wales.

The Margrave is the head of the Grand-Ducal House of Baden and the representative of the descent of the Kings of Sweden of the House of Holstein-Gottorp.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary privately with their family at Windsor Castle.

This evening, they will host a dinner for the family, with many royals expected to attend.

Earlier today, Her Majesty appointed Prince Philip to be a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).

The Duke’s appointment to the Royal Victorian Order comes on the day when he and The Queen are celebrating 70 years of marriage.

Unlike most honours, appointments to the Royal Victorian Order are made personally by The Queen for services to the Sovereign.

The 96-year-old Duke is one of 41 living people to be bestowed with the honour.

Other recipients include the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Members of Her Majesty’s staff have also been bestowed with the honour, including former Private Secretary Lord Geidt and Sir Alan Reid, The Queen’s Courtier.