Queen Elizabeth marked her Sapphire Jubilee yesterday, the 5th day of February, 2017 as she became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years.
To mark her Sapphire status, a poignant photograph of her wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry given to her by her father King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947 has been issued.
Sapphire is the 65th anniversary gemstone and the Kingâ€™s gift to his eldest daughter, then Princess Elizabeth, featured a glittering necklace, dating from 1850 and made of 16 large oblong sapphires surrounded by diamonds, with a pair of matching sapphire and diamond drop earrings.
The portrait was taken by David Bailey in 2014, for the Governmentâ€™s â€˜Greatâ€™ campaign, which aims to promote the UK abroad.
â€˜She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint,â€™ he said at the time. â€˜Iâ€™ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman.â€™
The Royal Mint is marking the anniversary with specially-designed commemorative coins, ranging from a Â£5 coin to a Â£1,000 solid gold one-kilogram coin — which actually costs Â£50,000 to buy.
Culled From Yahoo