The Queen won't be marking her own sapphire jubilee

The Queen won't be marking her own sapphire jubilee

The queen broke Queen Victoria's record for longest-serving British monarch in 2015 and became the world's longest-serving living monarch with the death of Thailand's king a year ago. She has sat for 130 official portraits and in 2012 she became the second British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee.

On Feb 6, 1952, a 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth ascendedo the throne, though she was not crowned until June 2, 1953. However, the queen has recovered since then, attended several events and resumed her royal duties. She broke the records of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who ruled for 63 years and seven months.

Buckingham Palace today re-issued a David Bailey portrait of Her Majesty to commemorate the milestone. The jewellery set is also symbolic as it was given to her by King George VI, her father as a wedding gift in 1947, same year India got independence from the British.

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For the Queen, February 6 denotes the very beginning of her reign and a great sadness at the death of her beloved "Papa".

The Queen has spent the day privately at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where the monarch spends her winter break.

In her more than six decades on the throne, the Queen has had to pass 22 LGBT rights into law, plus most recently signing a pardon for convicted gay and bisexual men.

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The Honourable Artillery Company fired volleys at the Tower of London to mark the Sapphire Jubilee of the Queen's accession.

On Monday, Queen Elizabeth II reached her 65th anniversary as a sovereign, the only British royal to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee. Those absences were the first time in about 30 years that she had missed a holiday service. Upon the Queen's return to England, she met with the Lords of the Council on February 8 for the formal proclamation of her reign.

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