IT was Happy Anniversary today to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
And as they completed their diamond wedding anniversary celebrations, people in Huddersfield recalled their memories of the big day.
The Royal Wedding on Thursday, November 20, 1947, was a time for rejoicing in austere post-war Britain.
The Examiner devoted almost a full page in its four-page daily edition to the wedding.
And Huddersfield was to play a role in later celebrations the following year, when the wedding gown, tiara and shoes worn by the Princess on her big day went on show in the town as part of a tour of the country.
The old Electricity Showrooms in Market Street – now the site of the Sainsbury’s store – was chosen to host the four-day exhibition and tens of thousands of people queued around the block into Dundas Street and Upperhead Row to see the spectacular creations.
On one day, no fewer than 15,616 people – most of them women – visited the exhibition featuring the Norman Hartnell-designed gown and its 15-foot court train of ivory silk.
The Queen and the Duke’s 60 years of marriage were today praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a faithful and creative partnership lived in the “full light of publicity”.
Dr Rowan Williams said the milestone was a symbol of the relationship between the people and monarch and was part of her “unqualified commitment” to every aspect of her reign.
The royal couple, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, were surrounded by their family, senior politicians past and present, and a 2,000-strong congregation as they listened to the sermon in Westminster Abbey – the venue for their wedding.
And later today, they were flying to Malta where they spent some of their happiest days as a young couple.
Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten lived on the Mediterranean island at various times between 1949 and 1951 when the Duke was on naval service
It offered them their only real taste of life as a relatively ordinary couple.
The brief poignant, private stay in Malta tonight was the Duke’s idea.