The Queen and Prince Philip will reach a personal milestone next month, when they celebrate their 70 years of marriage. The couple, who were married in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, are the first British royal couple to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary, but it's unlikely that they will commemorate the occasion in public.
A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace told Harper's Bazaar: "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be marking their 70th wedding anniversary privately."
The decision not to hold a public event contrasts with the couple's diamond wedding anniversary in 2007, when a thanksgiving service was held at Westminster Abbey. However, according to one recent report, the couple's personal plans to mark the occasion are under way.
The Daily Mail reports that the couple will honour the special date by hosting a dinner at Windsor Castle. Only close friends and family are said to be invited to the party, which has been chosen as a quieter option in comparison to their previous anniversaries.
"They [the Queen and Prince Philip] feel they can't top the golden and diamond wedding anniversaries and don't particularly want to," a friend of the monarch told columnist Sebastian Shakespeare.
While the festivities will remain private, the Royal Mint has issued a range of commemorative £5 and £20 coins. The Queen and Prince Philip's portraits appear on one side of the commemorative coin, while the reverse shows them on horseback and is edged with the words "wedded love has joined them in happiness 1947-2017".
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