The Queen could hardly stop smiling today as she prepared to celebrate her sapphire jubilee
The monarch, 90, was seen greeting well wishers this morning at a church service at St Peter and St Paul West Newton in Norfolk.
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she was seen receiving gifts of flowers from those who braved the cold to see her.
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Prime Minister Theresa May offered her congratulations to Her Majesty, hailing her as " truly an inspiration to all of us".
Mrs May said it was "a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation" that the Queen had made clear she did not want official celebrations to mark the historic milestone.
Queen Elizabeth II in pictures
Fri, January 27, 2017
Queen Elizabeth II making her Royal visits in her many colourful and elegant outfits.
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Queen Elizabeth looks towards a man dressed in traditional costume as she arrives to view an exhibition on Fiji at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia in Norwich, eastern England
The Prime Minister said: "Today's Sapphire Jubilee marks yet another remarkable milestone for our remarkable Queen.
"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.
'She has truly been an inspiration to all of us'
Queen Elizabeth II poses with the royal sceptre 02 June 1953 after being crowned
"It is a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation that she is not marking becoming the first monarch to reign for 65 years with any special celebration but instead getting on with the job to which she has dedicated her life.
"She has truly been an inspiration to all of us and I am proud, on behalf of the nation, to offer our humble thanks and congratulations on celebrating this Sapphire Jubilee."
Meanwhile, Gunners from 7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery fired a 21-Gun Royal Salute at Edinburgh Castle at 12 noon to commemorate the special occasion.