Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee, for a reign of 65 years on Monday.

Ceremonial gun salutes at London’s Green Park and the Tower of London and several other areas in the UK, marks the Queen of England’s 65th year as a British Monarch. This made her the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee.

Royal Gun Salutes

On February 6th, the anniversary of the day she became the Queen of England, marked her reign for 65 years.

As well as a number of ceremonies taking place across the UK, she is also expected to commemorate her historic date privately at her Sandringham Estate, Norfolk.

As per tradition, royal gun salutes took place in London on Accession Day. There was a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at 12pm.

Celebratory music was played by the Band of the Royal Artillery as 89 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position.

At the Tower of London at 1pm, a 62-gun salute was fired by the Honourabe Artillery Company.

Other Tributes to the Historic Day

The Royal Mint is also celebrating this historic day by designing Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins. The Royal Mail is also issuing a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp.

David Bailey also reissued a portrait he had taken of the Queen in 2014, showing her in wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry that was given to her by her father, King George VI as a wedding gift.

The Queen’s Comments on Her Monarch

In 2015, the Queen had overtaken Queen Victoria, becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She had admitted that the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired.”

She also said: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.”