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Arise Sir Tom

Over the period of the pandemic we have followed the story about Captain Tom Moore’s inspirational journey and we couldn’t forget the next stage in what must have been an amazing few months for him.

On Friday, in the Queen’s only investiture during lockdown, she knighted the man who has been taken to the hearts of the nation. The ceremony took place outdoors at Windsor Castle where he was recognised for raising more than 32 million pounds for NHS charities. Accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and two of his grandchildren he had the honour bestowed upon him using a sword originally owned by King George VI.

In what must have been an absolutely amazing day for the old soldier  the nations hero officially became Captain Sir Tom Moore. This story took everyone on a journey as Captain Tom initially wanted to raise £1000 for walking 100 laps in his garden. As the total rose so did the love of the nation and his determination and courage made headlines not just in England but all over the world and must surely be the tale of lockdown and with this investiture the happy ending that we all love.

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Banana Crumble joins the nation in wishing the Queen and Prince Philip a very happy 70th Wedding Anniversary …

The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary today, Monday 20th November – an amazing 70 years together.

As they prepare to mark the milestone we take a look back at their long and happy marriage.

Supposedly in love with him from their first meeting in 1939 when the then Princess Elizabeth met him for the first time during a Royal visit to his naval college in Dartmouth.  She was 13, he was 18.

Their engagement was announced at Buckingham Palace when Elizabeth turned 21.

They were married later that year at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947

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Their first child, Prince Charles, was born in 1948 and Princess Anne the following year..

Following the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth succeeded tothe throne in February 1952 with her coronation taking place on 2nd June 1953.

Prince Andrew was born in 1960 and Prince Edward, their fourth child, was born in 1964.

In 1977 Peter Phillips, the first of their eight grandchildren, was born. Zara Phillips followed in 1981, Prince William in 1982, Prince Harry in 1984, Princess Beatrice in 1988, Princess Eugenie in 1990, James in 2007 and Lady Louise in 2008, both children of Edward and the Countess of Wessex.  There are currently five great-grandchildren.

They will mark this anniversary with a private dinner at Windsor Castle, attended by family and friends.

They are the first royal couple anywhere to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

This portrait has been released to celebrate their big day.

Banana Crumble would like to be one of many to wish them many congratulations on a fantastic achievement.