This photo by English photographer David Bailey of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, taken in 2014, has been reissued by Buckingham Palace to celebrate her Sapphire Anniversary, marking the 65th anniversary of the monarch's accession to the throne. In the photo, the Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery originally given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.
This photo by English photographer David Bailey of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, taken in 2014, has been reissued by Buckingham Palace to celebrate her Sapphire Anniversary, marking the 65th anniversary of the monarch's accession to the throne. In the photo, the Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery originally given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947. David Bailey via AP

Special day for Queen Elizabeth

QUEEN Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.

The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee was marked on Monday with a 41-gun salute by First World War-era field guns in London's Green Park, and another 62-round gun salute at the Tower of London.

Buckingham Palace also released a photo of Elizabeth taken by David Bailey in 2014 (pictured inset).

In the picture, the monarch wears a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by her father as a wedding gift in 1947.

The palace said the 90-year-old Elizabeth spent the day quietly at her Sandringham estate in eastern England.

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