Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth marked her Sapphire Jubilee yesterday, the 5th day of February 2017 as she became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years.
To mark her Sapphire status, a poignant photograph of her wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947 has been issued.
Sapphire is the 65th anniversary gemstone and the King’s gift to his eldest daughter, then Princess Elizabeth, featured a glittering necklace, dating from 1850 and made of 16 large oblong sapphires surrounded by diamonds, with a pair of matching sapphire and diamond drop earrings.
The portrait was taken by David Bailey in 2014, for the Government’s ‘Great’ campaign, which aims to promote the UK abroad.
‘She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint,’ he said at the time. ‘I’ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman.’
The Royal Mint is marking the anniversary with specially-designed commemorative coins, ranging from a £5 coin to a £1,000 solid gold one-kilogram coin — which actually costs £50,000 to buy.