Happy 73rd wedding anniversary to the queen and Prince Philip! See their beautiful love story in pictures

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The couple enjoying a walk on honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire in 1947, owned by Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The couple enjoying a walk on honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire in 1947, owned by Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Congratulations are in order for Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, as they celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on 20 November.

It will no doubt be a special occasion for the royal couple, who last year spent their 72nd wedding anniversary apart as the queen had official duties in London while Philip was in Windsor. Thanks to lockdown, however, they have spent more time together this year than they have in decades.

To celebrate the palace released a sweet new picture of the couple poring over a birthday card made for them by their great-grandchildren Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5) and Prince Louis (2).

Their delight was clear as Philip held up the card, which had a big 73 on the cover decorated with dots and bright colours.

At 94 and 99 respectively, the monarch and her husband are well into their golden years and their bond is as strong as ever. While they’re hardly the gushing kind, Her Majesty has referred to her husband as her “strength and stay” and reportedly share a wicked sense of humour.

In 2022 the couple will celebrate their Diamond Anniversary which will coincide with the queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrating her 70 years on the throne, the longest of any British sovereign.

The marriage too is one of the longest unions in the annals of the British royal family.

GALLERY: Here’s a look at them over the years.

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The newlyweds at Buckingham Palace after tying the knot at Westminster Abbey on 20 November in 1947. The then Princess Elizabeth wore a dress by Norman Hartnell and her grandmother Queen Mary's diamond fringe tiara – which was worn by Princess Beatrice for her wedding this year. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The couple enjoying a walk on honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire in 1947, owned by Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The couple pose for an official portrait for their silver wedding anniversary in 1972. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Elizabeth and Philip arrive for the film premiere of The Lady With a Lamp at the Warner Theatre in London in September 1951. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Queen and Prince Philip pose for an official portrait shortly after her coronation in 1953. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Elizabeth, an ardent horse-lover, and Philip visit a farm on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland during their silver wedding anniversary in 1972. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The queen stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping of the Colour in June 1964 holding her youngest, Prince Edward. (Photo credit: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The couple relax with their corgis and a newspaper at their Scottish retreat. Balmoral Castle in 1974. The couple relax with their corgis and a newspaper at their Scottish retreat. Balmoral Castle in 1974. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
 (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The pair share a glance during their Commonwealth Tour to New Zealand in 1974. Behind them is their daughter, Princess Anne, and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
 (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Taking a walk in the picturesque gardens of Broadlands House in November 2007 during their diamond anniversary celebrating 60 years of marriage. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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