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Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne

By Associated Press
Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne
This photo by English photographer David Bailey of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, taken for the GREAT campaign in 2014, and is now reissued Feb 6, 2017, by Buckingham Palace to celebrate her Sapphire Anniversary, marking the 65th anniversary of the monarch's accession to the throne. (David Bailey via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II escorted by The Bishop of Leicester, left, meets members of the public during a walkabout at Leicester Cathedral in Leicester, England. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.

The queen's Sapphire Jubilee was marked Monday with a 41-gun salute by World War I-era field guns in London's Green Park, and another 62-round gun salute at the Tower of London.

Buckingham Palace also released a photo of Elizabeth taken by British photographer David Bailey in 2014. In the picture, the monarch wears a suite of sapphire jewelry given to her by her father as a wedding gift in 1947.

The palace says the 90-year-old Elizabeth was spending the day quietly at her Sandringham estate in eastern England. She does not celebrate the anniversary of the date she became queen, known as Ascension Day, as it is also the anniversary of her father's death.

Elizabeth became monarch on the death of her father, King George VI, from lung cancer at age 56 on Feb 6, 1952.

She surpassed Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch in 2015.

Queen Elizabeth II marks record 65 years on throne
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abbey in central London on Nov 24, 2016, after attending a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. ( Justin TALLIS / AFP)

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