Britain’s Queen Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee
Britain’s Queen Celebrates her sapphire jubilee with a 41-gun salute at London’s Green Park. Her service of 65 years on the throne makes her UK’s longest-reigning monarch. Gun salutes were also offered in Cardiff, Edinburgh, and York. The Queen, as is tradition, will spend the Accession Day – the anniversary of the day she became monarch as it is officially known – in private at her Sandringham Estate, in Norfolk, and return to Buckingham Palace a few days later.
Prime Minister Theresa May Offers Congratulations
Theresa May, Prime Minister of England, hailed the queen as “truly an inspiration to all of us. 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.”
The Prime Minister went on to say it was “a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation” the Queen had made clear she did not want official celebrations to mark the historic milestone.
The Queen is Britain’s longest reigning monarch, having surpassed her great great grandmother, Victoria, in 2015. Today the Queen celebrates 23,742 days on the throne. The day also brings her contemplation as it is also the anniversary of her father’s death.
Most likely her future years will see her doing less while other royals will take on more – most notably Prince William, once he finishes his job as an air ambulance pilot in the summer. Queen Elizabeth, the 90-year-old monarch, has one other significant moment to celebrate in November, as she and Prince Philip will mark 70 years of marriage.