The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee

13/01/2017 13:21  |  The Royal Family

Not only did Her Majesty the Queen become our longest-serving Sovereign in 2015, but in 2016 she also became the first ever British monarch to reach 90 years of age - and it doesn’t look as though she’s about to put a stop to the celebrations any time soon.

Having inherited the throne on 6th February 1952, Elizabeth II has reigned longer than any of her Royal ancestors, and this year, becomes our first ever Sovereign to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee – that’s an incredible 65 years on the throne!

For many of us, it is hard to believe that the young Princess became Queen all those years ago. After all, her ascension came as somewhat of a shock, and prior to 1936, Elizabeth’s future as Queen seemed unlikely. It wasn’t until her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated in the December of that year that her father ascended and Elizabeth became heir presumptive.

Although George VI reigned prosperously for 16 years, his ill health led to an early death. The news of his passing reached the princess and her husband, Prince Philip (who were travelling in Kenya at the time) and the couple quickly flew home to London where Elizabeth’s proclamation was made. Her Coronation the following year was the first ever to be televised, and was without doubt the most glittering event of the 20th century. An estimated 27 million viewers tuned into their television sets whilst an additional 8,000 guests took their seats in Westminster Abbey, eager to see the new Queen crowned.

Excusing the aforementioned milestones, she has since visited more than 120 countries; is patron of more than 500 charities and organisations, and has passed more than 3,500 acts of parliament. Her reign has spanned seven incredible decades, seamlessly travelling from one millennium to another, and Her Sapphire Jubilee in 2017 will only further cement her unparalleled position in British royal history.

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