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A stunning image, shared by Buckingham Palace last Friday to mark the 73rd wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philips, shows the couple looking proudly at a card made for them by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children .

Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and even two-year-old Prince Louis, have spent hours creating the colorful greeting card, which has a carefully colored number 73 on the front and decorated with red, blue spots. yellow, green and purple.

The photo was taken by Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson in the Oak Room in the royal residence and shows a photo of cozy homeliness that the public so rarely gets to see.

In a sweet nod to her husband, the Queen wears the same sapphire and diamond brooch she wore on their honeymoon photo shoot in 1947. She had received the piece the previous year from Sir James Laing & Sons Limited and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Limited when she launched the British oil tanker Princess.

The Queen and Philips sofa is more comfortable than grand, dotted with cream and red cushions to complement the gold tassel curtains pulled back to reveal sweeping views of the castle.

On the low table with a glass top in front is a series of cards and letters sent by benefactors to congratulate them on reaching such a remarkable milestone.

As usual, Philip – ramrod straight – denies the fact that he is in his 100th year; he turned 99 on June 10.

He is smartly dressed in gray pressed pants and a blazer jacket with a handkerchief.

The elderly royal family also wears a royal navy and burgundy stripped tie, with the only hint of his advancing years a discreet hearing aid in his ear.

The queen, 94, is, as usual, flawless in a light blue double wool crepe dress from Stewart Parvin, and a piece of jewelry with significance for the occasion, the chrysanthemum brooch.

The sapphire and diamond piece, set in platinum, was worn by the then Princess Elizabeth, in photographs she took on her honeymoon in Broadlands, Hampshire in 1947.

The brooch was a gift to the then Princess Elizabeth for the launch of the British Princess oil tanker in 1946.

The brooch was provided by Sir James Laing & Sons Limited and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Limited. She often wore it in the early years, before her collection grew.

She also wore it in photographs taken on the occasion of her 60th wedding anniversary and the Duke in 2007.

Her Majesty has also worn it at other important events in her life, both professionally and personally, including in 1950 for a portrait with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and a baby Princess Anne.

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