Queen Elizabeth II is now the first British monarch in history to have reigned for 65 years.
To mark the historic occasion of her Sapphire Jubilee, a portrait of Her Majesty wearing sapphire jewellery was released. It’s the same suite of jewellery given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.
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Today marks The Queen's #SapphireJubilee It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne. On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title. In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.
The stunning shot was released all across the palace’s various social media accounts.
“Today marks 65 years since Her Majesty The Queen acceded to the throne #SapphireJubilee,” the caption reads. The second and third longest reigning monarchs were Queen Victoria and King George III.
Queen Elizabeth II began her reign in 1952 following the death of her father King George VI at age 56.
She’s so far been served by 13 British prime ministers — the first was none other than Winston Churchill — since taking over the throne. Last year, she celebrated her 90th birthday with a Horse Guards Parade and waved to well-wishers from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
“She may be my grandmother, but she is also very much the boss,” Prince William said at the time, via The Washington Post.
In 2015, when she thanked the nation for the kind messages after overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she admitted bluntly that the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.
She added: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.”
The Queen enjoyed her latest celebration privately at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where the monarch spends her winter break.
But in London a 41-gun salute was fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon.
The Band of the Royal Artillery played a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position, and 89 horses pulled the six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position in the park.