The royal family‘s Instagram account has marked 70 years of NATO by sharing throwback footage of the Queen and Prince Philip visiting the alliance’s operations, to Instagram.
Two videos were posted on the Royal Family account, with the first showing the Queen, 93, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, visiting the Commander of NATO’s Allied Command Operations, General Norstad, in 1957.
The second captures the monarch and her husband in 1980, visiting NATO’s HQ in Belgium, where they attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council.
It comes as the Queen hosts a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace this evening, with Donald and Melania Trump in attendance.
The Queen has marked 70 years of NATO by sharing throwback footage, seen above, of herself and Prince Philip visiting the alliance’s operations, to Instagram
The second of two clips captures the monarch and her husband in 1980 (pictured), visiting NATO’s HQ in Belgium, where they attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council
Shared online today, the clips were posted with the caption: ‘Her Majesty The Queen will host a reception for @nato leaders at Buckingham Palace this evening, to mark 70 years of the Alliance.
‘The North Atlantic Treaty – or Washington Treaty – forms the basis of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). It was signed on 4 April 1949 by 12 founding members.
‘The @nato alliance is now formed of 29 countries. It exists to protect the people and territory of its members, and is founded on the principle of collective defence.
The first shows the Queen, 93, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, visiting the Commander of NATO’s Allied Command Operations, General Norstad (pictured together), in 1957
The Queen stands with her husband Prince Philip in 1957 as the royal couple look around NATO’s operations
The Queen will be joined by delegates around the world this evening at Buckingham Palace, in London, to mark the occasion.
Donald and Melania Trump will be welcomed by the Queen, Kate Middleton and Boris Johnson at a reception for the Nato summit.
The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted departing from Kensington Palace for the function this evening, while the US president enjoyed afternoon tea with Prince Charles and Camilla at Clarence House.
The monarch opts for a bright red coat and matching hat as she steps out in Belgium in 1980
The Queen speaks at NATO’s HQ in 1980. She will be joined by delegates around the world this evening at Buckingham Palace, in London, to mark 70 years of the alliance
The Prince of Wales and his mother will then join the politicians for a group photograph.
The royals will be out in force for the event, including the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.
Prince William is away in the Middle East, while Prince Harry and wife Meghan are on a six-week break from royal engagements over the festive period.
Prince Andrew, who stepped down from public duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his association with convicted padeophile Jeffrey Epstein, is also not attending.
Other world leaders at Buckingham Palace tonight include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.
The Queen (pictured last week) and her son, the Prince of Wales, will join the politicians for a group photograph