A series of new portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been released to mark their platinum wedding anniversary.
Monday marks 70 years of marriage between the Queen and Prince Philip, who also has the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
The images — taken by celebrity photographer Matt Holyoak with photo agency Camera Press — show the couple together at Windsor Castle.
The royals posed in front of Thomas Gainsborough’s portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte from 1781.
Her Majesty wears a cream dress designed by Angela Kelly, her dressmaker for the last 15 years.
She also wears her golden “Scarab” brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby, and diamond, which was designed by Andrew Grimaa and was a gift from Philip in 1966.
On photographing the royal couple for their special day, Holyoak said: “I feel very honoured and privileged to have been asked to contribute to this very special occasion.
“My vision for the image was to capture an intimate and natural portrait of the Queen and Duke to celebrate their landmark anniversary.”
Three additional photos in the series show the Queen and Prince Philip pictured against a platinum-textured backdrop in recognition of their special anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary. The couple are celebrating with a private dinner at Windsor Castle, according to the BBC.
Westminster Abbey’s bells will ring for more than three hours to mark the special day.
Camera Press is known for circulating the official wedding photographs of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip by photographer Stirling Henry Nahum back in November 1947.
Nahum, known professionally as “Baron”, was a friend of Prince Philip. He wrote in his autobiography about the wedding: “I was asked by Prince Philip to be responsible for the wedding photographs of himself and Princess Elizabeth. It was my first assignment to Buckingham Palace, and first time as far I was aware that colour photographs were to be taken there.
Baron wrote: “The royal couple returned from the wedding service and arrived at the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. They looked so happy and excited. I only had time to take about four frames before they had to leave to wave to crowds from the balcony.”
Speaking on the release of the new images, Holyoak said: “The Queen and the Duke were very happy and relaxed which made it a pleasure. I feel the images showcase their strength and unity.”
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