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Monday, 6 February 2017

Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne

The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee was marked on 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.
Buckingham Palace also released a photo of Elizabeth taken by British photographer David Bailey in 2014.

In the picture, the monarch wears a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by her father as a wedding gift in 1947. The palace says the 90-year-old Elizabeth was spending the day quietly at her Sandringham estate in eastern England.

 She does not celebrate the anniversary of the date she became Queen, known as Ascension Day, as it is also the anniversary of her father’s death. Elizabeth became monarch on the death of her father, King George VI, from lung cancer at age 56 on February 6, 1952.
Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire a royal gun salute outside the Tower of London to mark the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.
She surpassed Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving monarch in 2015.

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