Nov 20 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
THE Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today.
They are spending the day together privately at their London home Buckingham Palace after an evening out at the Royal Variety Performance last night.
The Queen is the first British monarch to reach a 65th wedding anniversary.
Although the couple’s schedule is free of public engagements, the Queen has audiences in the morning with the outgoing and incoming Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh and the High Commissioner for Belize.
Their Blue Sapphire anniversary falls in the same year that the monarch marked her historic Diamond Jubilee.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece first met in 1934 when they attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to Princess Elizabeth’s uncle, the Duke of Kent.
The Princess and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who became a naturalised British subject and changed his surname, married on November 20 1947 at Westminster Abbey, where the the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed last year.