Queen Elizabeth, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee on Monday (February 6) as Britain commemorated 65 years since she ascended the British throne.
The 90-year-old monarch, who became Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign in 2015, did not publicly mark the occasion herself.
Instead there was a 41-gun royal salute in a central London park to honour the landmark.
Elizabeth became queen aged 25 on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.
When she overtook her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s record 63 years on the throne, she remarked it was not something to which she had ever aspired.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen would spend Monday at her residence in Sandringham, eastern England, as was usual.
The queen’s office released a 2014 portrait showing the monarch wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery that she received from her father as a wedding gift in 1947.