The Queen is Britain's longest reigning monarch
How long has the Queen reigned for?
Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 65 years, making her Britain’s longest-reigning monarch ever.
To mark the occasion, Buckingham Palace has released a photograph of the Queen wearing sapphire jewellery given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift.
The picture was taken in 2014 by photographer David Bailey.
The Queen has chosen not to celebrate the historic milestone publicly, and will instead spend Accession Day privately at her Sandringham estate, where her father died 65 years ago today.
The only formal acknowledgement of the jubilee will be the traditional gun salutes at the Tower of London and Hyde Park.
It is thought that major celebrations are being reserved for her Platinum jubilee, which will take place in 2022.
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On September 9, 2015 the Queen surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become our longest ruling monarch.
The 90-year-old chose not to celebrate the milestone and instead carried on with business as usual.
Speaking at an engagement in the Scottish Borders, she said the record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.
She told well-wishers: "Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones – my own is no exception – but I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.”
How old is the Queen?
The Queen turned 90 last year on April 21 and will turn 91 in three months.
The milestone was marked with a glittering weekend of celebrations, culminating with a street party along The Mall.
Queen Elizabeth II in pictures
Fri, January 27, 2017
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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 Queen was coronated in 1953
The Queen’s coronation
Elizabeth became Queen immediately after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952 – but her coronation was delayed for over a year out of respect.
She was proclaimed queen on June 2 1953 at Westminster Abbey with her husband Prince Philip by her side. It was the first ever coronation to be televised and the first major event to be broadcast worldwide.
The Queen has owned over 30 pictures during her reign
The Queen and her corgis
The Queen has been fond of the corgis since she was a child and her parents presented her with a pup named Dookie.
She has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, continuing a tradition dating back to Queen Victoria.
Much like their owner, the dogs famously follow strict protocol, and are served dinner in order of seniority.
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Sun, June 12, 2016
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The Queen has four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward
The Queen and her children
This casual family photo shows a 24-year-old Charles, still seven years away from meeting Lady Diana. He towers over his younger brothers Andrew, then aged 12, and eight-year-old Edward.
Completing the picture is Anne, the Princess Royal, who was 22-years-old at the time.
The Queen’s four children were often by her side while growing up, and still accompany her on official engagements to this day.
The Queen was joined by her husband, sister and mother for Prince William's christening
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Wed, October 5, 2016
Netflix's new royal drama stars Claire Foy as the young monarch and Matt Smith as Prince Philip. The 10-part series focusses on the first days of Elizabeth's reign as Queen as well as her struggle to maintain her marriage.
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The Queen at at Prince William’s christening
The Queen looked radiant at the christening of her third grandchild, and second-in-line to heir the throne, Prince William.
Joined by the baby prince’s parents, Charles and Diana, the picture also includes her beloved mother, also named Elizabeth.
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The Queen at her Golden Jubilee
Waving from her gilded carriage, the Queen marked her Golden Jubilee with a weekend of celebrations in London.
She would celebrate her Diamond Jubilee 10 years later, becoming only the second monarch to reach the milestone.
The Queen was joined by four generations of her family for her 90th birthday celebrations
The Queen at her 90th birthday
This year, the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday with a weekend of events.
She was joined by her family, including her great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte, for a traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony.