The Queen will poignantly mark her first wedding anniversary since the passing of her husband Prince Philip today.
Saturday, November 20 would have marked 74 years of marriage for the couple, who married on this day in 1947 in Westminster Abbey.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April at the age of 99, leaving Her Majesty to mark the occasion alone.
The difficult milestone comes just a month since the monarch was admitted to hospital for an overnight stay and was ordered by her royal doctors to rest.
The 95-year-old also sprained her back and pulled out of attending the Remembrance Sunday service last week and has only been carrying out light duties since her October 20 hospital stay.
The Queen’s marriage to Prince Philip was the longest of any British sovereign, with the Duke of Edinburgh always being by Her Majesty’s side through the years.
His companionship is clearly missed by the Queen, evident by the fact that she was seen to touch her wedding ring on Wednesday when her late husband’s name was mentioned during her meeting the outgoing military chief General Sir Nick Carter.
Following Prince Philip’s death in April, the Queen said she and her family were in a "period of great sadness", but that she was comforted by the tributes paid to him.
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She said: “We have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."
In the days after the Duke's death, Buckingham Palace released a picture from the Royal Family's private photo albums of the Queen and Prince Philip relaxing together, sitting on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot on the royal Balmoral estate in Scotland.
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