After a slew of record-breaking moments, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated yet another milestone on February 6th, 2017. She was the first British sovereign to usher in 65 years on the throne. It is known as the Sapphire Jubilee.
A few other records that the Queen has surpassed:
- On September 9, 2015, she became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, a position held previously by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.
- Elizabeth is the oldest 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. Her Majesty is now the longest-living monarch in the world.
- In 2017, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated 70 years of marriage, the longest British royal marriage. It should be noted that the Duke, a.k.a. Prince Philip, is the longest-living and longest-serving British consort.
- The Queen has visited 116 countries in her time as monarch, more than any other British sovereign – thanks, modern aviation!