Queen Elizabeth's Father Wrote Her the Sweetest Letter on Her Wedding Day

When he gave away her hand, he felt he "lost something very precious."

In commemoration of Queen Elizabeth's 68th wedding anniversary, which we all celebrated on November 20 with a heaping plate of cake, her Majesty's office gifted us with the touching letter her dad, King George VI, gave to her.

"I was so proud and thrilled at having you so close to me on our long walk in Westminster Abbey," the emotional note begins.

"But when I handed your hand to the Archbishop, I felt I had lost something very precious."

"You were so calm and composed during the service and said your words with such conviction, that I knew everything was all right," he wrote to Elizabeth, who was just 21 when she married Prince Philip.

"I have watched you grow up all those years with pride under the skillful direction of Mummy ... who, as you know, is the most marvelous person in the world in my eyes, and I can, I know, always count you, and now Philip, to help us in our work."

"Your leaving us has left a great blank in our lives, but do remember that your old home is still yours ... and do come back to it as much and as often as possible. "I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip, which is right, but don't forget us is the wish of your ever loving and devoted ... Papa."

Sadly, just four years after he penned this touching tribute to his beloved daughter, the King unexpectedly died while Elizabeth was travelling through Kenya with her husband.

At 25, Princess Elizabeth became the Queen of England. And now, 64 years later, she has the honor of being Britain's longest reigning monarch, with her trusty partner still by her side.

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