In an age of instant gratification and high-speed communication, it seems almost incongruous to reflect on a relationship whose origins date back to the years of austerity and uncertainty that followed in the wake of the Second World War. Yet it is this very enduring quality, this permanence, that makes the 70th anniversary of the marriage of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh so very special.
The Royal couple has been an institution as ever-present and steadfast as that of the monarchy itself. However, The Queen and The Duke are more than mere embodiments of royalty, more, even, than a sovereign and her consort. They are much-loved individuals who have grown, led, struggled, overcome and excelled before our eyes, and who are held in the very highest regard by millions the world over.
Their joint journey – as Queen and consort, as husband and wife, and as parents, grandparents and great grand-parents – is well documented. It is in photography, however, as much as in word that the wider world is granted a window into their marriage, their relationships and their inner lives.