Queen Elizabeth II celebrated another milestone on February 6th, 2017 – her Sapphire Jubilee. Her Majesty set a new record as the first British sovereign to celebrate the 65th anniversary of their accession.
Away in Africa on a tour, Elizabeth rushed back home to Britain upon hearing the devastating news of her father’s death. King George VI had died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of February 6, 1952. Elizabeth left the United Kingdom as a princess; touching down at Heathrow, she disembarked as queen.
Celebrating 65 years as queen comes hot on the heels of a few other records that she has shattered:
On September 9, 2015, she became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch after surpassing the reign of her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.
Elizabeth has lived longer than any other British monarch.
Elizabeth was the second-oldest monarch in the world, behind Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He died in October 2016 after a reign of 70 years. The queen is now the holder of the title of longest-living monarch in the world.
In 2017, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 70 years of marriage, the longest British royal marriage!
The Queen has visited 116 countries in her time as monarch, more than any other British sovereign – thanks, modern aviation!
Happy Jubilee, Your Majesty!
Historic Royal Palaces also has a lovely variety of items that are Jubilee-related. Check them out!
- The sapphire is the birthstone of September babies.
- The official name of the mineral is Corundum. Rubies are also another variety of Corundum!
- During the Medieval Ages, European lapidaries came to refer to blue corundum crystal by “sapphire”, a derivative of the Latin word for blue: “sapphirus”.
- In ancient Greece and Rome, rulers believed that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm.