Nine Famous Couples Whose Marriages Have Stood The Test Of Time

The Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96

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.

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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...

The Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96

The Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96

Married 70 years Prince Philip has said, “Tolerance is the one essential ingredients of any happy marriage. The Queen has that quality in abundance.”

The Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96

The Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96

Married 70 years Prince Philip has said, “Tolerance is the one essential ingredients of any happy marriage. The Queen has that quality in abundance.”

Meryl Streep, 68, and Don Gummer, 71

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Meryl Streep, 68, and Don Gummer, 71

Married 39 years “Goodwill and a willingness to bend is key,” says Meryl.

Colin, 57, and Livia Firth, 48

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Colin, 57, and Livia Firth, 48

Married 20 years “The secret is to make sure that we spend enough time together,” says Colin.

Imelda Staunton, 62, and Jim Carter, 69

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Imelda Staunton, 62, and Jim Carter, 69

Married 35 years “We make the effort to not work apart very often,” says Imelda.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, both 61

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Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, both 61

Married 29 years “She makes me laugh more than ever,” says Tom.

Martin Kemp, 56, and Shirlie Holliman, 55

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Martin Kemp, 56, and Shirlie Holliman, 55

Married 30 years “She’s my best friend,” says Martin.

Prunella Scales, 85, and Timothy West 83

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Prunella Scales, 85, and Timothy West 83

Married 55 years “I have been a very lucky wife,” Prunella has said.

Jennifer Saunders, 59, and Ade Edmondson, 61

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Jennifer Saunders, 59, and Ade Edmondson, 61

Married 32 years “I’m not great at arguing and nor is Ade,” says Jennifer.

Jamie Lee Curtis, 59, and Christopher Guest, 69

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Jamie Lee Curtis, 59, and Christopher Guest, 69

Married 33 years Their secret? “Don’t get divorced,” says Jamie. “Hold on.” Words: Maria Vital