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Queen Elizabeth Wears Sapphire In Portrait To Celebrate 65 Years On The Throne

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Today, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years.

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth has been reissued today to mark her Sapphire Jubilee. In a photo taken by David Bailey in 2014, Queen Elizabeth wears a blue dress with sapphire jewelry given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947, the BBC reports.

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The necklace, made of 16 sapphires surrounded by diamonds, and matching earrings mark a landmark day for the Queen, who has become the first British monarch to have reigned for 65 years.

The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee was welcomed with ceremonial gun salutes at London’s Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom.

The Royal Mint has also honored her 65th anniversary with a range of Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins. The Royal Mail will also issue a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp.

While there are no public celebrations planned for the Queen’s milestone, it’s expected that jubilee parties will be planned for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, which will mark the monarch’s 70th year on the throne.

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