Queen shares anniversary

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to share their celebrations of 50 years of marriage with 4,000 other couples marking golden wedding anniversaries this year, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.

A special garden party is to be held at the palace, and invitations will go to couples from all over the UK who, like the Queen and Duke, married in 1947. People interested will have to apply for invitations, with the lucky ones chosen by ballot.