Sapphire Jubilee: Britain to Mark 65 Years of Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Sapphire Jubilee: Britain to Mark 65 Years of Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Sapphire Jubilee: Britain to Mark 65 Years of Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Queen Elizabeth II reached another milestone on Monday when she became the only British monarch in history to celebrate a sapphire anniversary, marking 65 years on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth became Britain's longest-serving monarch ever in Sept 2015, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, a record she said was "not one to which I have ever aspired". Royal sources have revealed that Her Majesty will therefore spend the day in "quiet reflection" at Sandringham.

Queen Elizabeth is the first British monarch to have ruled for 65 years.

Elizabeth became queen on February 6, 1952, when her father died.

Three-year-old Jessica Atfield, who dressed specially for the occasion in a union flag skirt, was delighted when she handed a bunch of flowers to the Queen.

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The queen's Sapphire Jubilee was marked Monday with a 41-gun salute by World War I-era field guns in London's Green Park, and another 62-round gun salute at the Tower of London.

The monarch was working on the red briefcases of official government papers and reflecting on her father's passing. But perhaps, just as important, the British monarch is not only loved and respected by her own countrymen but by countless people in other countries around the world.

The relatively low-key celebration is not unusual for the queen, according to royal historian and biographer Robert Lacey.

On Feb 6, 1952, a 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth ascendedo the throne, though she was not crowned until June 2, 1953.

Over the years, she has added to the gifts from her father with a tiara and a bracelet to complement the original jewellery.

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