Today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 65 years as the British Queen as UK celebrates her sapphire jubilee with majestic gun salutes.
On the 9th of September, 2015, the longest-serving monarch in the world surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who used to be the longest with 63 years and 216 days.
After the death of her father, George VI, she assumed the royal throne on February 6, 1952. She became the British queen at the age of 25. From then, she became the Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth states.
King George VI is the 40th monarch in a royal line that traces its origin back to Norman King William the Conqueror who claimed the throne in 1066. One year after his death, Queen Elizabeth was crowned.
Unlike her past public and glamorous birthday celebration, the queen wants this occasion quietly celebrated.
According to palace spokeswoman, her majesty intends to spend the day at Sandringham residence in eastern England.
However, the Sapphire Jubilee has been officially marked with 41-gun royal salute at London’s Green Park and the Tower of London.
Westminster Abbey in central London is also marking the event with ringing bells.
As a much-loved monarch, several other places in the United Kingdom are specially commemorating this day with more gun salutes.
In the words of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May,
“Today’s Sapphire Jubilee marks yet another remarkable milestone for our remarkable queen,”
“I know the nation will join with me today in celebrating and giving thanks for the lifetime of service Her Majesty The Queen has given to our country and to the commonwealth.”
“It is a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation that she is not marking becoming the first monarch to reign for 65 years with any special celebration, but instead getting on with the job to which she has dedicated her life.”
For the celebration, a 2014 portrait of the queen adorned in a sapphire jewelry given to her by her father on her wedding day in 1947 was chosen by the queen’s office.
Did you know that the Queen’s hat worth about £1, 000, 000 is encrusted with five rubies, 11 emeralds, 17 sapphires, 273 pearls and 2,868 diamonds?
A report says that the Queen who suffered a cold late last year has recovered and returned to official duties.