Queen Congrats Queen
Queen Marie-Adélinais among hundreds of micro- and macronationalists around the world sending congratulatory notes to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.
The royal British couple are celebrating their Platinum or 70th Wedding Anniversary. They are the first royal couple to celebrate this momentous wedding anniversary.
The future Queen married Philip Mountbatten, born Prince Philip of Greece, who became a British citizen and renounced his claim to the Greek throne. He was brought up by his uncle Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India.
The Battenberg family, part of the Royal House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksberg, were forced to change their names and drop their titles at the outbreak of the First World War. Ordered by the present monarch's grandfather, King George V, the royal family was also forced to adopt an Anglicized name - the House of Windsor - which was formally adopted a century ago.
Buckingham Palace has released a series of photographs to mark the occasion. Queen Elizabeth, along with close family and friends, will celebrate privately at Windsor Castle. Meanwhile, the bells at Westminster Abbey will be rung for three hours beginning at 1300 local time.