The Queen celebrates her sapphire jubilee

If that weren't enough, Her Majesty celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee today, marking an unprecedented 65 years on the throne-and officially tipping the scales in favor of full-blown royal mania.

Now 90, she became Queen Feb. 6, 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.

Queen Elizabeth, the world's longest-reigning living monarch, celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee on Monday.

This year, Queen Elizabeth II will be 91 and is scaling down her activities by having her grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry undertake more royal duties.

The BBC also said that it is tradition for the queen to spend Accession Day in private at her Sandringham Estate and return to Buckingham Palace a few days later.

The beautifully preserved footage shows the procession heading towards the Abbey and shows the Queen officially crowned, curtseying toward her mother Queen Elizabeth I, and arising as the ruling monarch of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. "I've always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman".

The Sapphire Jubilee anniversary on Monday will be a sombre affair with the Queen remaining indoors and thinking about her late father. But perhaps, just as important, the British monarch is not only loved and respected by her own countrymen but by countless people in other countries around the world.

Despite her reluctance to celebrate publicly, the occasion will be marked in Britain.

"My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service". During her reign there has been 13 UK Prime Ministers, seven Archbishops of Canterbury and seven Popes.

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday previous year and turns 91 on April 21.

Elizabeth inherited the throne when she was 25.

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