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Elizabeth & Philip: Love and Duty

As the Queen and Prince Philip approach their seventieth wedding anniversary, Kirsty Young offers a unique view of their life together.

As the Queen and Prince Philip approach their seventieth wedding anniversary, Kirsty Young offers a unique view of their life together. It is a love affair that is said to have started with the briefest of encounters on a rainy day in July 1939, and one that was sealed with a fairy-tale wedding on 20 November 1947.

In the decades that followed, the couple have experienced the same milestones as many others - with the birth of children, grandchildren and many more moments of pride, but they have also had to survive challenges few others have had to face. Every step of their life together has been played out in public, but through it all, the Queen and her prince have not only kept their relationship strong, they have kept the nation strong too, steering it through decades of change.

Kirsty looks back at their remarkable seven decades together to celebrate the longest royal marriage in British history.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 9 Dec 2017 02:10

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:13

    Alexander Rudd

    Ride To Success

  • 00:13

    Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Hotel Orpheans

    A Pair of Silver Wings

  • 00:22

    Ludovico Einaudi

    Divenire

  • 00:34

    George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the priest, HWV 258

    Conductor: Martin Neary. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir.
  • 00:41

    Mantovani

    Blue Fantasy

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Producer Rebecca Whyte
Director Rebecca Whyte
Executive Producer Lucie Kon
Production Manager Sue Perry-Grech

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