>> The heiress to the throne, and the Duke of Edenborough were proclaimed man and wife.>> It's been 70 years since Queen Elizabeth, then Princess Elizabeth, left Westminster Abbey with her new husband Philip. A day of pomp and pageantry, cheering crowds, and ornate procession through the streets of London, and ringing bells.
And the bells ringing again on Monday for Elizabeth and Philip's platinum anniversary. Westminster Abbey's bells chiming for more than three hours. Though the couple are marking the celebration in a much quieter fashion. The Royals both great, great grandchildren of Queen Victoria have opted for a small family party at Windsor Castle, the monarchs home to the west of London.
No public events are planned to celebrate the marriage of the 91 year old queen, and the 96 year old Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from active public life in August. A contrast to the silver, golden and diamond wedding anniversary. Their 1947 marriage took place just two years after the end of the second World War, and was broadcast to 200 million people across the world by radio.
Thousands camped out overnight at Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. And it was described by former Prime Minister William Churchill, as a flash of color on the hard road we have to travel. A moment of light after years of profound darkness.>> The bells of joy rang out in every heart.