Elizabeth, Philip mark 70th anniversary with new portraits

Mohammed congratulates Queen, Philip on anniversary

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday marked her 70th wedding anniversary with the release of a new portrait of herself with husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married in 1947 in Westminster Abbey, cheered by a sea of well-wishers that included royalty and national leaders from everywhere.

Queen Elizabeth, 91, has also begun to scale back her duties due to her advancing age, handing over some of her responsibilities to her heir, Prince Charles.

In this handout photo issued by Camera Press and taken in November 2017, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose for a photograph in the White Drawing Room pictured against a platinum-textured backdrop at Windsor Castle, England.

Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said: "A platinum wedding anniversary is rare, and for the Royal Family it is unique".

The portrait, taken earlier this month was shot by British photographer Matt Holyoak and was taken in the White Drawing Room at their home in Windsor Castle in early November.

"We are delighted to issue these six stamps to mark Her Majesty's and the Duke of Edinburgh's 70 years of marriage".

Westminster Abbey will be celebrating the event with peals of its bell changing sequence 5,070 times and lasting more than three hours.

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