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The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 69th wedding anniversary: Their love story in pictures

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Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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A rare photo of the engaged couple, taken at Buckingham Palace shortly before their grand wedding ceremony in 1947.

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The Queen and Prince Philip are all smiles as they pose together shortly after announcing their engagement at Buckingham Palace. 

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The happy newly-wed couple are pictured together at Buckingham Palace after their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1947.

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The newly married royal couple smile at each other during a walk on their honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire in 1947.

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Prince Philip leans over the Queen's shoulder as they look at their wedding photos together while on their honeymoon. 

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Queen Elizabeth II waves with her husband on her Coronation day from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 1952. 

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The couple smile and play with their young children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, back in August 1951. 

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The royal couple look out of the window with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne. 

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The pair stroke a horse while visiting a farm on the Balmoral estate in 1972, their Silver Wedding anniversary year. 

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The royal couple with their four children; Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince Charles in 1972.

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The couple laugh over a toddler's Union Jack hat during a visit market stalls in Kingston town centre during her Majesty's Golden Jubilee visit to West London.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watch the Trooping of the Colour with their grandson, Prince William. 

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The royal pair show their Team GB spirit as they watch the England vs Wales women's hockey match for the 20th Commonwealth Games in 2014. 

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The Queen and Prince Philip laugh together as they attend the Highland Games at Braemar with Prince Charles in 2012. 

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The couple still look very much in love while celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2007 while taking a walk at Broadlands in Hampshire. 

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The couple share a laugh as they said goodbye to the Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle in 2014. 

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The couple chat animatedly to each other during a visit to Durban, South Africa in the 1990s. 

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The Queen and Prince Philip share a blanket in 2015 as they watch the Braemar Gathering in Scotland, an annual gathering in Cairngorms National Park. 

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The Queen and Prince Philip pose for a portrait at Windsor castle to celebrate her Majesty's 90th birthday. 

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The Queen and Prince Philip surrounded by family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace while celebrate her Majesty's 90th birthday in June, 2016.