It’s a sapphire celebration for Queen Elizabeth II!

By Khatija Nxedlana
06 February 2017

65 years on the throne!

Congratulatory messages have been streaming in on social media for Queen Elizabeth II, who is today celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee after 65 years on the throne.

At 90, she is the first British monarch to reach the milestone.

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The Queen overtook Queen Victoria in 2015 to become the longest reigning monarch in British history.

Read more: A life in the spotlight: 35 exquisite photos of Queen Elizabeth II

She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977, her Golden Jubille in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

UK media reports that tradition dictates that royal gun salutes will be fired across the capital marking her ascension.

Always one to keep her private life private, the Queen will spend the momentous occasion at her home in Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

She became Queen in 1953 after the death of her father King George VI in 1952. Her son Prince of Wales, Charles is next in line to the throne.

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