Queen Elizabeth II becomes first British Monarch to reach Sapphire Jubilee

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 09:45

The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee, with royal gun salutes to mark the historic day.

Today, February 6th, marks the anniversary of the day she became Queen Elizabeth II, with a reign that has now lasted 65 years.

She is expected to commemorate the landmark date privately at her Sandringham Estate, Norfolk, with no official engagements planned.

Royal gun salutes were staged in London on Accession Day, as is the tradition, with a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon.

The Band of the Royal Artillery played a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position as 89 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position in the park.

A 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company was fired at the Tower of London at 1pm.

The Royal Mint is marking the 65th anniversary with a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins, as the Royal Mail issues a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp.

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