The Queen gave Prince Philip the coolest gift for their 70th anniversary

2017-11-21 15:56

Cape Town - So what does a queen get her prince to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary?

Well, what about a gift only a queen can bestow – like a knighthood?

It appears Queen Elizabeth II was thinking quite the same thing when she knighted Prince Philip to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

The Duke of Edinburgh (96) was appointed as the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order by his 91-year-old wife – as confirmed by Buckingham Palace in a tweet.

But this wasn’t a first for Philip, who has racked up an impressive array of knighthoods over the years, with this one making him the first living person in the UK with four titles, according to Vogue.

He is a Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 

According to Daily Mail, the British monarch and her husband celebrated the milestone anniversary with close friends and family in the Queen’s Berkshire home on Monday.

The royal couple’s grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry were also in the mix for the celebrations. The brothers arrived with William’s wife the Duchess of Cambridge sitting snug between the two brothers in the car. One person was noticeably absent from the family affair – Prince Harry’s girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, who was rumoured to be in London at the time.

A series of new royal platinum portraits of the nonagenarian couple were also released worldwide to mark the special occasion.

Sources: Vogue, Daily Mail, Twitter

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