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Queen is longest-reigning monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee


On 9th September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning British monarch when she surpassed the reign of her great great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Furthermore, on 6th February 2017, she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee – commemorating 65 years on the throne

Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in London on April 21st, 1926. At the time of her birth, she wasn’t in line to be Queen but, due to her uncle, who became King Edward VIII, abdicating to be with American divorcée Wallis Simpson, her father became King George VI.

And when tragedy struck on February 6th 1952 when Elizabeth’s father died, she was crowned Queen. Her official coronation took place on 2nd June, 1953, in Westminster Abbey, with the ceremony being broadcast on television – a first in history which allowed people all around the globe to witness the event.

Elizabeth II and Victoria have been the only two monarchs in history to reach their Diamond Jubilee, although there have been six sovereigns that have ruled the country for 50 years, reaching their Golden Jubilee.

Bank holiday in honour of achievement

To celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee, proposals have been put forward for an extra bank holiday by Conservative MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell. With Monday, May 29th already being a bank holiday, it looks likely that, should the proposal go ahead, the additional bank holiday could be set for Monday 5th June.

For landmarks that the Queen has reached during her time as monarch, extra bank holidays have previously been granted such as for the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilees (2012 and 2002 respectively), so there is a good chance that the new bank holiday will be granted.

Long may she reign!

Should the Queen still be reigning on 18th July 2020, she will have been Queen for 25,000 days. And if she makes it as Queen at the grand age of 95 years and 291 days, she will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking an astonishing 70 years on the throne!

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