The Queen celebrates her first wedding anniversary without Prince Philip

  • November 20th marks the Queen’s first anniversary of her marriage without Prince Philip. 
  • In November 1947, Prince Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. 
  • Prince Philip, who was 99 years old, died April 9, 2021. 

This weekend is the Queen’s first marriage anniversary without her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh. He died earlier in the year.

Their 74th wedding anniversary would have been celebrated on Saturday by Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, who were married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947.

The official Westminster Abbey Twitter accountNoting the occasion, he wrote that 2000 guests attended the royal marriage and that 200 million people worldwide listened through BBC radio. The Queen and Prince Philip initially met as children in 1934 at a wedding before becoming engaged in 1947. 


Prince Philip, who was a distant cousin of the Queen, died on April 9 at age 99. He was hospitalized in February and later spent time at St Bartholomew’s Hospital before returning to Windsor Castle in March.

Prince Philip’s funeral was held on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel. The Queen was photographed sitting alone at the service as only 30 people were permitted to attend during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II were together for 73 years.

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In an address given by her youngest son the Earl of Wessex at the Church of England national assembly, the Queen spoke about Prince Philip earlier in the week. Queen Elizabeth was absent from the event amid ongoing concerns about her health. 

“It is hard to believe that it is over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first meeting of the General Synod,”In a Statement online. “None of us can slow the passage of time.”

Insider reached out to Buckingham Palace representatives but they did not respond immediately. 

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