For families across the country separated by lockdown, it's the little things that make such a difference right now.
And it's clear what a homemade gift means to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
This beautiful picture, shared today by Buckingham Palace to mark its 73rd wedding anniversary, shows the couple looking proudly at the card made for them by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's three children.
Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and even two-year-old Prince Louis spent hours creating the colorful greeting by carefully inking a large number 73 on the front and decorating it with red, blue, yellow and green spots and purple.
The 94-year-old monarch and 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh admired the colorful creation of Prince George (seven), Princess Charlotte (five) and Prince Louis (two), as well as other cards and letters from well-wishers in a new official photo to Mark their 73rd wedding anniversary on Friday
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, walk in the grounds of Broadlands, home of the Duke's uncle, Earl Mountbatten, on their honeymoon in November 1947. The Queen is wearing a chrysanthemum brooch in the picture, that she wore today in the new picture
You can almost imagine yourself sitting at the kitchen table in Kensington Palace with tongues focused, doing your best not to overdo it.
The teens have not been able to see their great grandparents for several weeks, but the card was dutifully brought to Windsor Castle earlier this week by the Royal Mail, where the Queen and Philip currently live together.
And when they opened it, the joy of the thoughtful gift was plain to see.
The picture was taken by Getty Images & # 39; royal photographer Chris Jackson in the Oak Room of the royal residence and shows an image of cozy domesticity so rarely seen by the public.
The teens have not been able to see their great grandparents for several weeks, but the card was dutifully brought to Windsor Castle earlier this week by the Royal Mail, where the Queen and Philip currently live together. Pictured is Prince George, seven, (back) Princess Charlotte, five, (second back, standing), Prince William and Prince Louis, two (front)
The Queen and Prince Philip are delighted to have received a special homemade card from their great-grandchildren (pictured with their parents and David Attenborough) in a new photo released on the occasion of their 73rd wedding anniversary
Her sofa is more comfortable than grand, and dotted with cream and red pillows to compliment the retracted gold tassel drapes that offer expansive views of the castle views.
On the low table with the glass top in front of them is a series of cards and letters sent by well-wishers to congratulate them on reaching such a remarkable milestone.
As usual, Philip – ramrod just now – denies the fact that he is in his 100th year; he was 99 years old on June 10th.
The last official photo of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh was released on June 1st of this year and was also taken at Windsor Castle
The Queen and Prince Philip were married in 1947 in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey, which featured a memorable photo shoot in the opulent surroundings of Buckingham Palace
The cousins' engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947, and the wedding took place just four months later on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Pictured as newlyweds waving from Buckingham Palace
Three years ago, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary (pictured at the time in Broadlands, where the royal couple was spending part of their honeymoon) and held a tie party for 100 friends and family at Windsor Castle
How the Queen fell in love with Philip from their first meeting
The Queen and Prince Philip were married in 1947 in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey, which featured a memorable photo shoot in the opulent surroundings of Buckingham Palace.
They had three children, Prince Charles (72), Princess Anne (70), Prince Andrew (60) and Prince Edward (56).
Princess Elizabeth and Philip first met in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, the Duke of Kent, and fell in love as king five years later at an important meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited with their two daughters.
Prince Philip entertained his future wife by jumping the tennis nets.
The King's official biographer, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, recalled: "This was the man Princess Elizabeth was in love with from their first meeting."
The cousins' engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947, and the wedding took place just four months later on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, was the 10th member of the royal family to marry at Westminster Abbey.
Elizabeth wore an ivory Norman Hartnell silk dress, adorned with 10,000 seed beads, glittering crystals, and an intricate four-meter train with a star pattern. The design for the dress wasn't approved until less than three months before the day.
Prince Philip became Duke of Edinburgh prior to the wedding.
Five years after their marriage, Elizabeth became Queen of England.
Together, the couple celebrated the Queen's silver, gold and diamond anniversaries and faced the ups and downs of life.
The Duke added: "It may not be all that important when things are going well, but it is absolutely important when things get difficult."
"You can take away from me that the queen abounds in the quality of tolerance."
Three years ago, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary and held a tie party for 100 friends and family at Windsor Castle.
He is wearing gray pressed trousers and a blazer jacket with a handkerchief. The elder king also wears a royal navy and burgundy tie, with the only clue of his advancing years being a discreet hearing aid in the ear.
The Queen, 94, is, as usual, flawless in a light blue double-wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin and a piece of jewelry that is significant to the occasion, the chrysanthemum brooch.
The platinum sapphire and diamond piece was worn by then Princess Elizabeth in pictures taken in 1947 on her honeymoon in Broadlands, Hampshire.
She also wore it in pictures taken on the Duke's 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.
Her Majesty has also worn it on other significant professional and personal events in her life, including in 1950 for a portrait of Prince Philip, Prince Charles and a little Princess Anne.
Seventy-three years is a milestone in every way – but when it comes to the longevity of a marriage, it's very special.
The Queen was only 21 years old when she was walking down the aisle at Westminster Abbey with her revered Philip, then 26, on November 20, 1947 at 10:30 a.m.
Over the years, the couple, who have four children and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (so far), have struck a balance in their relationship.
The Duke, who is always protective, understands that his wife is a head of state and has duties that must be prioritized in her life.
But at home he wears the pants.
And while some might find it odd that they didn't live together for long – since his retirement in 2017, Philip has lived mostly at Wood Farm on his wife's private Sandringham Estate with the Queen in Windsor – this is an arrangement that matters worked for her.
Ironically, two national bans this year, both of which were jointly isolated in Windsor, ensured they spent more time under one roof than in decades.
Today their celebrations will be simple – dinner together, maybe a walk around the site. The Queen was seen riding for the first time in weeks yesterday (without a mask).
But after more than seven decades of marriage, the fact that they are simply together that matters most is.
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