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Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates Her Sapphire Jubilee With a Stunning New Portrait

6 February 2017 7:47 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Today marks 65 years since Her Majesty The Queen acceded to the throne #SapphireJubilee - The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 6, 2017 Queen Elizabeth II made history on Monday when she became the first British monarch to have reigned for 65 years (and is still going strong). While the queen won't be celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee with a big party or parade like she did for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the royal family did release a new portrait of her on their official Twitter account. "Today marks 65 years since Her Majesty The Queen acceded to the throne #SapphireJubilee," they captioned the snap of the royal dressed in a blue dress with matching sapphire jewels, which were reportedly given to her as a wedding gift from her father, King George VI, when she married Prince Philip in 1947. Despite the exciting and historic day, there is actually a very heartbreaking reason for the lack of celebration. »

- Caitlin Hacker

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The Heartbreaking Reason Queen Elizabeth II Won't Be Celebrating Her Sapphire Jubilee

31 January 2017 2:21 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Queen Elizabeth II is on the cusp of reaching a rare and important milestone, but don't expect to see her celebrating anytime soon. As the country's longest-reigning monarch, she'll have the distinction of becoming the first British sovereign to mark 65 years on the throne on Feb. 6, her Sapphire Jubilee. Although she went all out for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, this year will be a much more somber occasion for a very significant reason. In an interview with The Telegraph, the queen's former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, explained the heartbreaking meaning behind the 65th anniversary. "It's important to understand that for the queen this marks the anniversary of the day her father died," he said. "She has always made it clear that her long reign is a consequence of her father's early death and so it is not a day for celebration. She will go to church the day before and »

- Quinn Keaney

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