LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II made history on Monday by becoming the first British monarch to reign for 65 years, marking her Sapphire Jubilee.
The Queen, who acceded to the throne Feb. 6, 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI, would spend the occasion at her residence in Sandringham, East England, Buckingham Palace said, as is the tradition on Ascension Day.
Despite the Queen’s public absence, the anniversary would be marked with royal gun salutes at the Tower of London and Hyde Park in the UK capital, while military parades would take place in other parts of the country.
The Queen spent Christmas at Sandringham with a stubborn cold, which forced her to cancel some of her festive commitments.
In September 2015, the Queen surpassed the 63-year reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901.
As of Oct. 13, 2016, the Queen became the world’s longest reigning living monarch, following the death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned over Thailand for 70 years and 126 days.
On Feb. 6, 1952, a 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne, though she was not crowned until June 2, 1953.
Born April 21, 1926, the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday last year, which was marked with various public events and a banquet among family and friends at Windsor Castle, her favorite residence outside of London.