Sunday, November 18, 2007

Queen and Duke mark anniversary

Queen and Duke mark anniversary

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are set to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a service at Westminster Abbey.
They will be joined by some 2,000 people including more than 30 family members and their grandson, Prince William, will deliver a reading.

After the service, the Queen and Duke will visit Parliament Square where they will unveil a Jubilee Walkway plaque.

Dame Judi Dench will read a specially commissioned poem by Andrew Motion.

On Sunday, members of the Royal family attended a celebration dinner hosted by Prince Charles at Clarence House.

The Queen is the first British monarch to reach a diamond wedding anniversary.

Other couples who married on the same day, along with choristers from the royal wedding, will be among those at the service.

The wedding in 1947, according to one of the couple's friends, was a moment of "blissful brightness and happiness" after World War II.

The royal couple will travel to Malta on Tuesday where they lived as a young married couple from 1949 to 1951, while Prince Philip was stationed there as a serving Royal Naval officer.

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt says the couple received gifts from around the world 60 years ago.

These included a thoroughbred horse, 131 pairs of nylon stockings - a rare commodity at a time of rationing and austerity - and 500 tins of pineapple.

However, our correspondent says, Mahatma Gandhi's present caught the disapproving eye of Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth's grandmother.

She told a friend the piece of hand-spun lace was "indelicate", mistaking the tray cover for the Indian leader's loincloth.


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