Queen Elizabeth II marks 65 years on Britain's throne

07 February, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • The Queen who was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh was presented with several bouquets of flowers on Sunday morning including a posy from three-year-old Jessica Atfield

The 90-year-old queen marked the occasion as she has almost every year on Accession Day, privately at her Sandringham country estate in Norfolk, England, about 110 miles north of London. Westminster Abbey marked the day with a series of bells, and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in London.

According to the office, the Queen will spend the day at her residence in Sandringham, eastern England.

It's 65 years since she became Queen following the death of her father King George the Sixth.

She will become the only British monarch ever to celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee. While a "heavy cold" sidelined her briefly at Christmas, she continues to fulfill engagements around the country, attending many more events than some of the younger royals.

The Queen is "truly an inspiration to us all", Prime Minister Theresa May said, calling it "a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation" that the monarch did not want public celebrations of the anniversary.

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A special photograph of the Queen was released by British photographer David Bailey.

While Queen Elizabeth loathes attention, the nation will mark her achievement nonetheless. Queen Elizabeth has been the oldest monarch in the world since the 2015 death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who died at age 90.

She also added: "Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones". Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title", the facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy/photos/pb.151274568227715.

And the Queen's success as Britain's longest-reigning monarch would have proved hard without her rock, the Duke of Edinburgh.



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