Queen makes history as the first British royal to make 65 years on the throne

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach the Sapphire Jubilee with royal gun salutes to mark the historic occasion

Queen Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6th 1952, 65 years ago.

The 41-gun salute was fired in London’s Green Park to celebrate the historic day.

This is a huge milestone in the Queen’s reign that the United Kingdom has never seen before with any other monarch.

She is also expected to commemorate the landmark date privately at her Sandringham Estate.

Celebratory music was played by The Band of the Royal Artillery close to the firing position as 89 horses pulled six First World War 13-pounder filed guns into position in the park.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered her congratulations to the Queen, praising her as “an inspiration to all of us”.

She continued to say: “I know the nation will join with me today in celebrating and giving thanks for the lifetime of service Her Majesty the Queen has given to our country and to the Commonwealth.”

The Royal Mail is marking the 65th anniversary with a range of specially designed commemorative sapphire coins as well as a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II 65 years ago

In 2015, when she thanked the nation for their kind messages, after overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she admitted the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.

In the coming months and years she will inevitably do less and other royals will take on more – most notably Prince William, once he finishes his job as an air ambulance pilot in the summer.

The 90-year-old working monarch has another significant moment on the horizon. In November, the Queen and Prince Philip will mark 70 years of marriage.