Queen and Prince Philip pose for new photo as they open gift from grandkids

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The Queen and Prince Philip have been pictured in a new photo released to mark their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday.

The couple tonight shared a photograph of them opening a card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children.

The colourful homemade gift was created by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and is emblazoned with the number 73 – that pops out from the front of the card.

In the touching image, the Queen and duke are sat on a sofa in Windsor Castle's Oak Room and appear to be reading the card's message from George, a future king, and his siblings.

The picture, taken by Chris Jackson from Getty Images, also shows a small pile of anniversary cards and letters sent by well-wishers on a nearby table.

The monarch, 94, was a 21-year-old princess when she married the dashing Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947.

Their enduring relationship has lasted the longest of any British sovereign and Philip has been at the Queen's side throughout the decades, supporting her as she devotes herself to her role as head of state.

The Queen and the duke, 99 who has retired from public duties, are spending the lockdown in England isolating at Windsor Castle.

Anniversary celebrations are expected to be low-key.

There is no traditional gift, jewel or colour associated with 73rd wedding anniversaries in the UK.

In the new photograph, the Queen is wearing a pale blue double wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin and a chrysanthemum brooch made from sapphires and diamonds set in platinum.

Philip wears a blazer, shirt, tie and trousers.

The head of state, when Princess Elizabeth, was photographed wearing the brooch in images taken on her honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire.

She was pictured wearing it again in images released to mark the Queen and duke's 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Their long union is seen by supporters as a key source of stability within the monarchy.

On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997 the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband. She said: "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years."

Philip also used the occasion to praise her for her abundance of tolerance.

He said: “I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage.”

Together they have celebrated the silver, golden and diamond jubilees of the Queen's reign.

They have also faced ups and downs over the years including the breakdown of three of their four children's marriages, and the backlash which followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

The new photo was shared on the Instagram account of the Royal Family.

The post said: "This new image has been released to mark the 73rd wedding anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow.

"In the photograph Her Majesty and His Royal Highness are seen looking at an anniversary card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, alongside other cards and letters sent by well-wishers."

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