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THEIR 70TH ANNIVERSARY Elizabeth & Philip

THE FUTURE QUEEN WAS JUST 13 WHEN SHE FELL HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THE HANDSOME NAVY CADET—AND THEY HAVE BEEN INSEPARABLE EVER SINCE
Then & Now The couple revisited Broadlands, an estate in the English countryside, 60 years after their 1947 honeymoon in the same spot.

On a warm English summer day earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip drove to the magnificent Cumberland Lodge, a few miles from their home at Windsor Castle, for a prelunch appointment with dear friends. Moving comfortably between the assembled guests, the pair showcased the effortless chemistry they have honed throughout 70 years of marriage. Straight-talking, quip-dropping Philip, 96—who had previously announced his retirement from public duties in May—“was as jovial and switched on as ever,” says an attendee, while Elizabeth, 91, reigned over the gathering with ease. “Part of the reason she keeps going so steadily is that she has him there beside her,” says the guest. “They’re a great team, and that’s still the case.”

With their landmark platinum wedding anniversary on Nov. 20, the couple’s extraordinary

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