Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip posed for a new portrait to celebrate 73 years of marriage

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  • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip shared a new photograph on Thursday to celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary. 
  • The couple was pictured looking at an anniversary card that was made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. 
  • The photo was taken in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier in the week.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip got married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. 

Now, 73 years later, the couple is celebrating their wedding anniversary by sharing a never-before-seen photo.

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace released an image of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh looking at an anniversary card made by their great-grandchildren — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — as well as other letters and cards from well-wishers. The photo was taken in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier in the week. 

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In the photograph, the Queen is seen wearing a light-blue Stewart Parvin crepe dress. She accessorized with the same Chrysanthemum Brooch she wore on both her honeymoon and in the pictures shared on the Queen and the duke's 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated their diamond anniversary by going to the same place they spent their wedding night.
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The Queen and Prince Philip first met at a wedding when they were children, and later crossed paths again when Philip was 18 and the then-Princess Elizabeth was 13. The two announced their engagement when she was 21 and he was 26.

In the time that they have been married, the couple has welcomed four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 

Although they rarely speak about their marriage publicly, Prince Philip talked about the importance of tolerance in a relationship while giving a toast at a lunch celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. 

"After 50 years experience, I find there is a great temptation to give advice," the duke said. "The trouble is that no two marriages are alike. However, I think the main lesson that we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage."

"It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult," he continued. "You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance."

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