The Queen marks first wedding anniversary without Prince Philip
- November 20 marks the Queen's first wedding anniversary without her late husband, Prince Philip.
- Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
This weekend marks the Queen's first wedding anniversary without her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh after he died earlier this year.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip would have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on Saturday after they were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey.
The official Westminster Abbey Twitter account noted the occasion, writing that 2,000 guests attended the royal wedding and 200 million people from across the globe listened in on the service through BBC radio. The Queen and Prince Philip initially met as children in 1934 at a wedding before becoming engaged in 1947.
—Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) November 20, 2021
Prince Philip, who was a distant cousin of the Queen, died on April 9 at age 99. He was hospitalized in February and later spent time at St Bartholomew's Hospital before returning to Windsor Castle in March.
Earlier this week, the Queen mentioned Prince Philip in an address delivered by her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, at the Church of England's national assembly. Queen Elizabeth was absent from the event amid ongoing concerns about her health.
"It is hard to believe that it is over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first meeting of the General Synod," the Queen said in a statement online. "None of us can slow the passage of time."
Representatives for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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