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  Newsmakers   06 Feb 2017  Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne

Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne

AP
Published : Feb 6, 2017, 3:26 pm IST
Updated : Feb 6, 2017, 3:30 pm IST

Queen Elizabeth II became monarch after the death of her father, King George VI, from lung cancer at age 56 on February 6, 1952.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stops to receive flowers from 3-year old Jessica Atfield, after the queen and her husband Duke of Edinburgh, attended a church service at St Peter and St Paul church in West Newton, England. (Photo: AP)
 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stops to receive flowers from 3-year old Jessica Atfield, after the queen and her husband Duke of Edinburgh, attended a church service at St Peter and St Paul church in West Newton, England. (Photo: AP)

London: Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.

Monday's Sapphire Jubilee is being marked with cannon salutes in London's Green Park and at the Tower of London.

 

Buckingham Palace also released a photo of the queen by David Bailey to mark the occasion. In the picture, taken in 2014, the monarch wears a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by her father as a wedding gift in 1947.

The palace says the 90-year-old queen will spend the day quietly at her Sandringham estate in eastern England.

She became monarch after the death of her father, King George VI, from lung cancer at age 56 on February 6, 1952.

Elizabeth surpassed Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch in 2015.

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Location: United Kingdom, England, London