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The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II [celebrating / celebrated] her 70th wedding anniversary on Monday with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen walked down the [aisle / isle] as a 21-year-old princess on November 20, 1947. She is the first British [monarchy / monarch] ever to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary. She is also the UK's longest-ever [raining / reigning] monarch. The couple celebrated their [speciality / special] day with close family and friends at a small [privacy / private] party at one or their [royal / royally] homes - Windsor Castle, west of London. They [marked / made] the occasion with the release of a set of [official / officially] portraits. Britain's post office has also celebrated the historic landmark with a special set of commemorative [post-it / postage] stamps.

The [royal / royalty] couple first met as teenagers during World War II. Prince Philip was the son of a Greek prince. He gave [down / up] his title to become a British citizen to marry the [them / then] Princess Elizabeth. Reports say that [priory / prior] to the wedding, he told his future mother-in-law that he had, "fallen in love [complete / completely] and unreservedly" with her daughter. He once stated that: "My job first, second and last, is never to let the Queen [up / down] ." The Queen has always [relied / relayed] on her husband, whom she described [as / was] her "rock". Jennie Bond, a former BBC royal correspondent, explained that [humorous / humor] helped their longevity. She said: "A big part of what has kept them going over so many years is the [fact / factual] they can share a joke together."

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