Lasting love isn’t just the stuff of fairytales.
Statistically, relationships that make it through the first ten years are more likely to go the distance – and the famous couples in the gallery below have done just that.
Take The Queen and Prince Philip, for example, who last year celebrated their Platinum wedding anniversary – marking 70 happy years together.
Then there’s actors Prunella Scales and Timothy West, who have been together 55 years, and Meryl Streep, who will celebrate her 40th anniversary with her sculptor husband Don Gummer this September.
So what’s their secret? Read on to discover nine famous couples whose relationship has stood the test of time, and what they credit their happy marriages to…
Married 70 years
Prince Philip has said, “Tolerance is the one essential ingredients of any happy marriage. The Queen has that quality in abundance.”
Married 39 years
“Goodwill and a willingness to bend is key,” says Meryl.
Married 20 years
“The secret is to make sure that we spend enough time together,” says Colin.
Married 35 years
“We make the effort to not work apart very often,” says Imelda.
Married 29 years
“She makes me laugh more than ever,” says Tom.
Married 30 years
“She’s my best friend,” says Martin.
Married 55 years
“I have been a very lucky wife,” Prunella has said.
Married 32 years
“I’m not great at arguing and nor is Ade,” says Jennifer.
Married 33 years
Their secret? “Don’t get divorced,” says Jamie. “Hold on.”
Words: Maria Vital