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Queen Elizabeth II becomes first monarch to reign for 65 years

By  Patricia Uyeh
It was gathered that Queen Elizabeth was actually never meant to become queen, let alone the longest-serving monarch in the storied history of British royalty. But just yesterday, after nearly a lifetime of service to country and crown, Elizabeth II commemorated her 65th anniversary as queen. She will become the only British monarch ever to celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth yesterday marked her Sapphire Jubilee as she became the first British monarch in history to have reigned for 65 years. To mark her latest milestone, a poignant photograph of her wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947 has been issued.

Sapphire is the 65th anniversary gemstone and the King’s gift to his eldest daughter, then Princess Elizabeth, featured a glittering necklace, dating from 1850 and made of 16 large oblong sapphires surrounded by diamonds, with a pair of matching sapphire and diamond drop earrings. The newly released portrait was taken by David Bailey in 2014, for the Government’s ‘Great’ campaign, which aims to promote the UK abroad.

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