The 6th February 2017 marks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 65th year on the throne, celebrated in the form of her Sapphire Jubilee, the first in British history.
In commemoration of this ground-breaking event, a portrait of the Queen, captured by photographer David Bailey, has been reissued in celebration of the Sapphire Jubilee. The photo was one of many taken by David in 2014, in which she wears sapphire jewellery. These elegant accessories were given to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as a wedding gift in 1947. The eye-catching jewellery laced around her neck contains 16 large, oblong sapphires, embraced by diamonds, and a pair of drop earrings to match.
Speaking to the BBC about the event, Prime Minister Theresa May described the Queen as being “truly an inspiration to all of us”, adding, “I know the nation will join with me today in celebrating and giving thanks for the lifetime of service Her Majesty the Queen has given to our country and to the Commonwealth.”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth made it clear that she did not wish to partake in official celebrations to mark her historic achievement, something which Theresa May found “a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation.”
In recent years, it has become a tradition for The Queen to celebrate this momentous occasion, known as the “Accession Day”, by enjoying the grounds of her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in private, before returning to Buckingham Palace just days later.
Across the United Kingdom, a number of patriotic celebrations took place to celebrate the Queen’s 65th year on the throne. In Green Park in London, a 41-gun salute was fired by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at midday. Just an hour later, a 62-gun salute took place at the historic Tower of London. These celebrations also spread to Cardiff, Edinburgh, and York.
This demonstration of patriotism is expected to be just a taste of what we can expect in 2022, when the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years at the helm of Great Britain.