The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary Monday her husband Prince Philip, Duke Edinburgh. The Queen walked the aisle as a 21-year-old princess on November 20, 1947. She is the first British monarch ever to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary. She is also the UK's longest-ever reigning monarch. The couple celebrated their special day close family and friends a small private party one of their royal homes - Windsor Castle, west of London. They marked the occasion the release of a set official portraits. Britain's post office has also celebrated the historic landmark a special set of commemorative postage stamps.
The royal couple first met teenagers during World War II. Prince Philip was the son a Greek prince. He gave his title to become a British citizen to marry the then Princess Elizabeth. Reports say that prior to the wedding, he told his future mother-in-law that he had, "fallen love completely and unreservedly" her daughter. He once stated that: "My job first, second and last, is never to let the Queen ." The Queen has always relied her husband, whom she described her "rock". Jennie Bond, a former BBC royal correspondent, explained that humor helped their longevity. She said: "A big part what has kept them going over so many years is the fact they can share a joke together."