How will the Queen mark her Sapphire Jubilee this year?
The Queen will spend Monday in quiet contemplation at Sandringham in remembrance of her beloved father, George VI, who died on February 6 1952.
After the death of George VI, Elizabeth was immediately proclaimed Queen but her coronation was postponed until 1953 due to a period of mourning.
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In 1912 the nation celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilees with street parties and a flotilla down the River Thames in the summer.
The Queen also held a picnic and concert in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on the same celebratory weekend in June.
What will happen on February 6 2017?
The Sapphire Jubilee anniversary on Monday will be a sombre affair with the Queen remaining indoors and thinking about her late father.
Royal gun salutes will fire in London on the day to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen taking the throne.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will stage a 41-gun salute in Green Park, followed by music from Band of the Royal Artillery.
The Honourable Artillery Company will then fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London next to the Thames.
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Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day on 2nd June 1953
The Royal Mint is marking the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee with a range of eight new commemorative coins.
This is the first time that a British monarch has ruled long enough to reach the Sapphire Jubilee milestone.
After the anniversary of her accession, the Queen’s winter holiday in Sandringham will come to an end and she will return to London.
The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary – marking 70 years of marriage – in November.