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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip release anniversary portraits to celebrate 70 years

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has gone platinum! No, we're not talking about the British matriarch's hair — the queen celebrates 70 years of marriage to Prince Philip on Nov. 20, a milestone known as the platinum anniversary.

The prince, 96, and the queen, 91, are the first British monarchs to reach 70 years together. To commemorate the occasion, they've released a new series of portraits captured by British photographer Matt Holyoak at Windsor Castle earlier this month.

Being a fashion plate has long been an unofficial royal duty, and the queen is elegant as ever in a cream dress by Angela Kelly. Even her jewelry has a serious pedigree — the gold, ruby and diamond "Scarab" brooch, designed by Andrew Grima, was a personal gift from Prince Philip in 1966.

If you look behind them, you'll see the watchful eyes of King George III and Queen Charlotte in portrait form, as rendered by Thomas Gainsborough in 1781.

The two met when they were just starry-eyed teenagers, and their marriage has weathered the public eye and the demands of royalty.

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The couple at their wedding in 1947.

Last February, Queen Elizabeth celebrated 65 years on the throne — making her the longest-serving royal in British history — and Prince Philip has been by her side the whole time.

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The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.

Like any couple, they've had their ups and downs, but some of their hardest moments have helped create their deep bond. Back in 1952, Prince Philip was the one who broke the news to his wife that her father, George VI, had died and that she was now queen.

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II arrive at Royal Ascot race meeting in 1962.

“One of the secrets of this very, very long marriage, and it’s an incredibly impressive anniversary, is the fact Prince Philip has always seen it as his main duty to support the queen, to help her in whatever way he can,” royal historian Hugo Vickers told Reuters.

“He is the only person who can actually tell the queen absolutely straight what he thinks, and if he thinks some idea is ridiculous he will say so in whatever language he chooses to use.”

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The queen holds her 12-week-old son, Prince Edward, in 1964.

The couple has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Prince Charles, 69, is the heir to the throne.

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An extraordinary family enjoying an ordinary picnic on the lawn.

While the prince, who was hospitalized last June for health issues, is officially retired from public life, the two still make sporadic appearances. They both attended the Royal Festival of Remembrance earlier this month. They were also spotted at the annual Trooping the Colour parade in June, and made a too-cute showing feeding elephants at the Whipsnade Zoo last April.

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Older? Yes. Less adorable? Never!

Congratulations to these two on a beautiful life and legacy together.

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    The engagement of the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and the Duke of Edinburgh (then Philip Mountbatten) July 1947.

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    Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, after their marriage on Nov. 20, 1947.

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    Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace, after their wedding, November 20, 1947. The two pageboys are Elizabeth's cousins, Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent, and the eight bridesmaids are Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, Lady Elizabeth Lambart, Pamela Mountbatten, Margaret Elphinstone and Diana Bowes-Lyon. 

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    Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh hold their first child Prince Charles, aged 6 months in 1949. 

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Clarence House, the royal couple's London residence, in August 1951.

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    The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was held on June 2, 1953 in Westminster Abbey, London, more than a year after Elizabeth, then aged 26, ascended the thrones of the United Kingdom upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. 

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    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in an undated photo.

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    Baby Prince Andrew perches on Prince Philip's lap during a picnic on the grounds of Balmoral Castle. Also pictured are Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne.

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    Britain's Prince Philip and his wife Queen Elizabeth II arrive at Royal Ascot race in England on June 19, 1962. 

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    Queen Elizabeth II holds her 12 week old son, Prince Edward, as she stands with her husband Prince Phillip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 13, 1964. 

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    Queen Elizabeth II with Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Anne, Princess Royal during a visit to the Isles of Sicily in 1967. 

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    The Royal family gets together at Frogmore, Windsor, England in April 1968, to celebrate the 42nd birthday of England's Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, her husband, Princess Ann, Price Edward, The Queen , Prince Andrew and Prince Charles of Wales. 

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    The royal family at Buckingham Palace, London, 1972. Left to right: Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward and Prince Charles.

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    Queen Elizabeth II poses April 15, 1976, on the grounds of Windsor Castle with Prince Phillip and their youngest son, Prince Edward, 12, for a photo to commemorate the Queen's 50th birthday which falls on April 21. 

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reads from her statement during the State Opening of Parliament in London on Nov. 12, 1986. 

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    President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is greeted by Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, London during his State Visit to England in May of 1994. 

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    Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are joined by their children, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L), Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at a dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House to mark the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of the Queen and Duke on November 18, 2007 in London, England.

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    (L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Lady Louise Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color ceremony on June 16, 2012 in London, England.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot race meeting, in Ascot, England on June 21, 2012.

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    Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh walk through the Norman Porch of the Palace of Westminster after the State Opening of Parliament on May 8, 2013 in London. 

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh wave to well-wishers during her 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor, England on April 21, 2016. Thousands of people turned out to wish Britain's longest serving monarch a happy birthday.

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    (L-R) Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Color, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. 

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