Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage, but quietly

In stark contrast to the pomp and show of their famous wedding 70 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum anniversary with a modest family get-together at Windsor Castleon Monday.

Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married in 1947 in Westminster Abbey, cheered by a sea of well-wishers that included royalty and national leaders from everywhere.

The Queen is now 91 and her husband 96.

Westminster Abbey will be celebrating the event with peals of its bell changing sequence 5,070 times and lasting more than three hours. The royal couple, however, will not be attending thanksgiving services at the Abbey for their platinum anniversary, a deviation from the tradition they followed for their silver, gold and diamond years.

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving monarch in Britain’s history, having ruled for 65 years after taking over from her father, George VI.

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