In a few weeks, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum anniversary, marking a full 70 years together and making them the first British royal couple to be married for seven decades. While the occasion certainly calls for a big party, rumor has it, the affair they have planned will be far from it.
Despite throwing lavish parties for their silver, golden and diamond anniversaries, Buckingham Palace confirmed in October that no formal public celebration will be held for the royal couple’s next milestone. Instead, they’ll reportedly host a small dinner party for their close friends and family.
“They feel they can’t top the golden and diamond wedding anniversaries and don’t particularly want to,” a friend close to the couple said.
The intimate affair is said to be planned for November 20, the same day the Queen and Prince Philip wed in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey 70 years ago. In attendance will of course be the couple’s children, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, as well as several close friends. Additionally, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to attend along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It’s unclear, however, if Prince Harry or his girlfriend Meghan Markle will make an appearance amid intense public anticipation of an engagement announcement.
Their decision to keep the occasion low-key is reportedly in order to avoid being reminded of the “missing faces” of close confidantes the couple has lost over the years, most recently being the Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes and Prince Philip’s cousin Countess Mountbatten. However, as Windsor Castle is the Queen’s favorite “party place,” according to the BBC, it’s sure to be a fun time.