Queen Elizabeth, the world’s oldest living monarch, celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee on Monday, while Britain commemorated 65 years of her accession to the British throne.
The 90-year-old monarch, who became the longest British sovereign in 2015, did not publicly mark the occasion herself, but a royal salute of 41 guns was fired into a central London park to honor the Mark.
“Today’s sapphire jubilee marks another remarkable milestone for our remarkable queen,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement. “It is a testimony of her disinterested devotion to the nation that she does not mark the first monarch to rule for 65 years with any special celebration but rather move forward with the work she has dedicated his life.
Elizabeth became Queen 25 years of age on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father George VI, the 40th monarch in a royal line that dates back to the Norman king William the Conqueror who claimed the throne in 1066.
When she passed her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, 63 years old on the throne, she noticed that it was not something she had ever aspired to, and Buckingham Palace said she Would pass Monday at Sandringham, in the east of England, habitual.
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However, the Queen’s Office published a portrait of 2014 showing her wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry that she received from her father as a wedding gift in 1947.
Elizabeth has reduced her international tours, but regularly performs official missions in Britain and remains very popular with the British with an approval rating of about 80%. In December, she said she would reduce the number of her sponsors, passing her roles from dozens of charities, academic institutions and sports groups to other members of the royal family.