Prince Harry & Meghan Markle join Kate & Wills in sweet tributes to the Queen on her 72nd wedding anniversary

MEMBERS of the royal family paid tribute to the Queen as she celebrated her 72nd wedding anniversary with Prince Philip.

Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 37, shared a post on their Instagram page, @KensingtonRoyal, where they wished the royal couple a happy anniversary.

Wishing Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary! ?PA

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Sharing a black-and-white photo of the couple as newlyweds, they said: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary!”

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, also shared a tribute to the monarch on their Instagram page, @Sussexroyal.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: "Happy anniversary to Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh!

"On this day, seventy-two years ago, they were married at Westminster Abbey.

Happy anniversary to Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh! On this day, seventy-two years ago, they were married at Westminster Abbey. Many congratulations! Photo © PA

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"Many congratulations!"

And Prince Charles and Camilla’s Twitter page, Clarence House, also shared a post congratulating the couple on their milestone.

It said: “Happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who were married on this day in Westminster Abbey.”

Royal fans have also congratulated the couple on their incredible milestone, with one person commenting on Instagram: “Wow 72 years. Congrats to HRHs.”

Another wrote: “A very happy anniversary indeed! Such an
adorable couple.”

A third commented: “Happy anniversary. The queen is still as beautiful as ever.”

The Queen, 93, first met Prince Philip in 1934, and it's said she fell for him by the time she was 13, in 1939.


Their official engagement was announced less than 10 years later, in July 1947.

But Prince Philip, 98, had actually proposed in secret in 1946.

The Duke asked the Queen's father, then King George, for her hand in marriage.

While he agreed, he asked for the engagement not to be made public until Princess Elizabeth was 21 the following year.

The Queen walked down the aisle to marry Philip Mountbatten, then 26, on November 20 1947.

After their marriage her new husband was styled as the Duke of Edinburgh, later becoming Prince Philip after the Queen’s coronation in 1952.


The Queen walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey wearing a gown designed byNorman Hartnell.

As rationing was still in force in the years after the war, and the young princess had to collect coupons to buy the material for her dress.

On her wedding day the Queen did her own make-up, but disaster struck as she was getting ready.


Her tiara snapped, and the court jeweller was rushed by police escort to his workshop to fix it – and managed to repair it in time for ceremony.

The couple headed to Broadlands, in Hampshire, for their honeymoon.

The Queen also recognises other couple's wedding anniversaries, with people who have been married for 60, 65 and 70 years – and every year after that – eligible to receive a card of congratulations from the monarch.

Meanwhile we recently revealed the Queen ‘often drives to Frogmore Cottage’ to visit Meghan and Harry.

In more royal news a body language expert has claimed Prince William has been influence by his brother to be more loving towards Kate in public.

And Kate Middleton wore a pair of Princess Diana's earrings – but gave them her own twist.

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