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The Queen's 70th Anniversary Portrait Contains a Secret

From the backdrop to the Queen's brooch, here are all the ways Her Majesty paid tribute to Prince Philip.
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Symbolism in the British royal family is of utmost importance. So it only makes sense that the newly released anniversary portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip would contain a royal "Easter egg" or two.

Perhaps most obvious is the "platinum" background featured in three of the four photographs, meant to represent the royal couple's Platinum Anniversary.

In the fourth photo (below), the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh paid homage to another long-lasting royal marriage. According to the Royal Family's Twitter account, the royals "are framed by Thomas Gainsborough's 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years."


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Throughout the portrait series, Queen Elizabeth wears her favorite "scarab" brooch as a touching nod to Prince Philip. Philip gave the Queen the brooch as a personal gift back in 1966. Read the whole story behind the piece here.


But the sweetest secret tribute of all is the pose the royals struck in one of the portraits. The photo is almost an exact replica of their engagement portrait, which was taken over 70 years ago.

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Prince Philip and the Queen marked their 70th anniversary on Monday evening surrounded by family and close friends at an intimate dinner party. No other member of the British royal family has ever celebrated such a milestone.


*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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