Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee
QUEEN Elizabeth II celebrates today an extraordinary 65 years on the British throne.
The Sapphire Jubilee is a time for royal supporters to rejoice the Queen's sturdy hand on Britain's monarchy.
It's also a time for the Queen to remember the sudden death of her father, King George VI, in 1952, which led to then 25-year-old being crowned queen.
Now 90, the Queen is expected to spend the jubilee in quiet reflection with no major events or public engagements organised.
Kensington Palace confirmed the decision to quietly commemorate the death of her father comes as no great surprise.
"In 2015, when she overtook Queen Victoria to be Britain's longest reigning monarch, she did not take part in any celebrations to avoid celebrating the death of a relative.
"She did, however, thank the nation for their kind messages on the occasion, commenting that the milestone was 'not one to which I have ever aspired'," the palace advised.
Britain is already preparing for the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee in 2022.
"The Platinum Jubilee will take place in the same year as The Queen turns 96-years-old, and is expected to be celebrated on an even larger scale than the Diamond Jubilee in 2012," Kensington Palace announced.