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Photos Show Queen And Prince Philip Standing Side By Side, 73 Years Apart

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Photos Show Queen And Prince Philip Standing Side By Side, 73 Years Apart

Photos show the Queen and Prince Philip standing side by side, 73 years apart.

The Queen announced the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh earlier today (Friday 9 April).

The pair were wed on 20 November 1947, a few months after the photo below:

They were married for 73 years. Credit: PA
They were married for 73 years. Credit: PA
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They were photographed together in the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the Duke's 99th birthday last summer.

The photo shows them side by side in the quadrangle at the Berkshire castle, with the 94-year-old monarch wearing a summery floral Angela Kelly dress, while her husband donned a navy blazer, a Household Division tie and grey trousers.

The photo was taken to mark his 99th birthday. Credit: PA
The photo was taken to mark his 99th birthday. Credit: PA

Sharing the news of his passing on the Royal Family's Twitter account, Buckingham Palace said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

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"Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life."

The couple in 1976. Credit: PA
The couple in 1976. Credit: PA

During the course of his career as Prince Consort, Philip became known as one of the busiest members of the royal family, having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

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He also gave a total of 5,496 speeches and somehow found time to write 14 books.

However, he stepped back from royal engagements in 2017 when he officially retired at 96 - joking that he was 'the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler'.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watch the racing at Epsom in 1997. Credit: PA
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watch the racing at Epsom in 1997. Credit: PA

It is believed that Prince Philip's retirement from active office was not due to ill health, although he had suffered a number of health problems over the course of the last decade.

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Philip missed the traditional Christmas church service in 2011 because of a blocked artery that resulted in him having a stent put in, before suffering from two bladder infections in 2012.

He had exploratory surgery on his abdomen the following year and began using hearing aids the year after that, before retiring from public duty in 2017.

Prince Philip has stood by the Queen's side for decades. Credit: PA
Prince Philip has stood by the Queen's side for decades. Credit: PA

Tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh have been pouring in:

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The palace said further announcements would be made 'in due course'. You can find out more about what happens next as the nation enters a period of mourning here.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, Queen, Royals

Jake Massey
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