In Pictures: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh through their 71 years together

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As the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 71 years of marriage, here’s a look at the monarch and her consort in pictures through the decades:

Royalty – Engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Lieut. Philip Mountbatten – London
Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten are pictured together at Buckingham Palace after their engagement was announced (PA)

A delighted Princess Elizabeth was captured sat on a chair, proudly showing off her ring, and gazing up adoringly at her husband-to-be – the 26-year-old Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

Royalty – Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh Wedding – Westminster Abbey
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony (PA)

The fairytale royal wedding in London’s Westminster Abbey was a morale boost in the tough years that followed the Second World War, and millions of people tuned in to listen to the ceremony on the wireless.

– 1950s

Five years after they married, the princess – by then a mother of two – became Queen Elizabeth II when her father George VI died in 1952.

Royalty – Princess Elizabeth and family – Clarence House, London
Princess Anne in the arms of Princess Elizabeth, with the Duke of Edinburgh, holding Prince Charles, in the grounds of Clarence House, their London residence in 1951 (PA)

A Commonwealth tour took them on a six-month trip around the world.

Royalty – Queen Elizabeth II Commonwealth Tour
The Queen, with Philip, taking a cine-film of the historic hand-over of escort duty from the cruiser Sheffield, which was returning to Panama, to the New Zealand light cruiser Black Prince in 1953 (PA)

The sixties saw the arrival of two more children – Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Royalty – The Royal Family Celebrate the Queen’s 39th Birthday – Frogmore House, Windsor
The Queen and Philip surrounded by their children – Andrew, Anne, Edward and Charles – on the monarch’s 39th birthday in 1965 (PA)

– 1970s

In the 1970s, the couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 1972 and the Queen reached her silver jubilee on the throne in 1977.

Royalty – The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Celebrate Silver Wedding – Balmoral Castle
The Queen and Philip at Balmoral to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary (PA)

– 1980s

Royalty – Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip – Pendeen, Cornwall
The Queen and Philip in a haulage truck ready to go down to the lower level of the Geevor tin mine at Pendeen, Cornwall in 1980 (PA)

Royalty – Trooping the Colour – London
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, and the Princess of Wales with Prince Harry and Prince William in front on the palace balcony in 1988 (PA)

Horse Racing – The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Arrive at Royal Ascot
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive on the course at a rain-swept Royal Ascot in 1997 (Martin Hayhow/PA)

But the duke was at the Queen’s side throughout.

Tribute to Princess Diana
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh view the floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales, at Buckingham Palace in 1997 (John Stillwell/PA)

The Queen escorted by Philip after the State Opening of Parliament in 2003 (PA)

It was also the decade that saw the Prince of Wales finally marry Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005.

The Queen and the duke marked their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007.

Royal Wedding Diamond Anniversary
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands in Romsey, Hampshire, where they spent part of their honeymooned in 1947, in photos marking their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 (Fiona Hanson/PA)

The brief poignant, private return to the Mediterranean island was the duke’s idea.

– 2010s

The 2010s have seen the Diamond Jubilee, the weddings of both the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, and the arrival of the Queen and Philip’s seven – and soon-to-be eight – great-grandchildren.

Diamond Jubilee celebrations – Thames Pageant
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames (John Stillwell/PA)

Royal platinum wedding anniversary
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh photographed by Matt Holyoak in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in celebration of their platinum wedding anniversary (Matt Holyoak/CameraPress/PA)

Princess Eugenie wedding
The Queen and Philip pictured together after Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October (Alastair Grant/PA)

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