Queen, Prince Philip mark 62 years of marriage

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 11:19 AM

Buckingham Palace says the queen and her husband Prince Philip are celebrating 62 years of marriage quietly _ without the fanfare of two years ago, when they marked their diamond anniversary.

Princess Elizabeth married Lt. Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, in front of 2,000 guests. They now have four children and eight grandchildren.

Queen Elizabeth II was the first British sovereign to celebrate a diamond anniversary, marking 60 years of marriage. That year, a service of celebration was held at Westminster Abbey, and the poet laureate wrote a new composition in the couple's honor.

But this year, "they'll be spending it privately," a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said Friday.