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Cathedrals mark royal anniversary

Prince Philip and the Queen
The couple rented a home in Surrey before moving to Clarence House

Couples who were married in the same year as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have attended services to celebrate the royal diamond wedding anniversary.

Celebratory services of thanksgiving took place at both Chichester Cathedral in West Sussex, and Guildford Cathedral in Surrey, on Sunday.

Sixty facts were released by Buckingham Palace to mark the event.

One was that in 1948, the royal couple leased their first marital home in Surrey, near Windsor Castle.

They lived at Windlesham Moor until they moved to Clarence House on 4 July 1949.

'Wonderful years'

Couples in Surrey and Sussex were invited to put their names forward to share in cathedral celebrations.

Before the service, Mayor of Runnymede Borough Council, councillor Hugh Meares, said: "Her Majesty and His Royal Highness have achieved a wonderful 60 years of marriage.

"There is no national event to celebrate the occasion so Surrey is having a special county-level service in the cathedral."

At Guildford, a reception was held after the morning service.

'Royal wedding music'

Ruth Poyner, visitor services officer at Chichester Cathedral, said 500 local people who were married in 1947 would be at its afternoon service.

She said the event, which was also being attended by local dignitaries, would include "some of the very same music performed at the Royal Wedding on 20 November 1947".

The royal couple have already revisited Broadlands as part of their anniversary celebrations.

On Monday, the day before their actual anniversary date, they will be attending a service at Westminster Abbey, where they were married.

On the day of their 60th wedding anniversary, the royal couple will travel to Malta where they lived as a young married couple from 1949 to 1951 while Prince Philip was stationed there as a serving Royal Naval officer.



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