Celebrate your 70th wedding anniversary with a visit from the mayor
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Platinum is the precious metal used to symbolise the lifelong commitment of married couples who reach their 70th wedding anniversary.
This year, West Norfolk mayor Carol Bower is hoping to meet couples who have celebrated, or will celebrate, this momentous occasion.
It is to coincide with the platinum wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on November 20, the first royal couple to do so.
Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten married in Westminster Abbey in 1947 when the heiress presumptive was just 21 and her fiance had just served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
The Princess walked down the aisle, dressed in an ivory silk Norman Hartnell gown, decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, glittering crystals and an intricate 13ft (4m) train, to marry Philip. Within five years, she had acceded to the throne.
Over the years, the royal couple have spent their Christmas at their rural retreat in Sandringham.
To recognise the close links between the royal family and West Norfolk, the mayor would like to visit couples in the borough who are also celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
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Couples who receive a visit from the mayor will be presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Mrs Bower said: 'This year our monarch and her husband reach an anniversary that very few people do, and I'd love to meet some of the couples in our borough who will be sharing in this very special achievement.
'Her Majesty the Queen was married in Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests, but she saved clothing ration coupons to make her dress, so if you also married in 1947 you may have had a more similar day than you think.
'If you're celebrating your 70th wedding anniversary, I'd love to pop round and meet you, and hear some of your memories from a lifetime of wedded bliss.'
Couples wanting to arrange a visit from the mayor to mark their, or their relatives' 70th wedding anniversary should contact the West Norfolk council civics office on email@example.com or by calling 01553 762124.
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