In just a few days time, Her Majesty The Queen will reach her Sapphire Jubilee. In doing so, The Queen will make history by becoming the first British monarch to celebrate such a milestone. In a series of blog posts, we’ve been revisiting some of the key moments from The Queen’s reign, from accession to the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Now we take a closer look at the latest milestone in this record-breaking reign. Here’s everything you need to know about The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.
What is the Sapphire Jubilee?
A jubilee is the anniversary of a special event, particularly one celebrating a milestone of a royal reign. The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee is the 65th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
When is the Sapphire Jubilee?
The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee takes place on 6 February 2017. This is the anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, following the sad passing of her father, George VI.
How is it being celebrated?
Previous Jubilees, such as those seen in 2012, 2002 and 1977 were celebrated publicly with parades and street parties, as a mark of recognition and appreciation for the years of loyalty and dedication shown by The Queen. As yet there are no confirmed plans for any public celebration of this remarkable achievement, but like those previous jubilees, The Sapphire jubilee is set to be commemorated on official UK coins and stamps – both approved by the Palace to mark the occasion.
The Sapphire Jubilee UK coins
Two coin designs have been issued to mark the occasion. Royal Mint coin designer Glyn Davies has created a £5 coin design inspired by the regalia of the coronation, highlighting the Stuart sapphire of the Imperial State Crown. For the five-ounce and kilo coins, Gregory Cameron, designer of the last ‘round pound’, has looked to tradition and heraldry. His new interpretation of the Royal Arms includes oak and olive branches, representing The Queen’s steadfast service and faithfulness to the nation.
The Sapphire Jubilee stamp
To mark the occasion, the Royal Mail have issued a £5 Sapphire Blue stamp, complete with iridescent overprint featuring the words ’65th Anniversary of Accession’. This special stamp can be bought alongside the Sapphire Jubilee coin in the latest Stamp and Coin cover issued by Royal Mail in collaboration with The Royal Mint.
How will The Queen celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee?
At the current moment in time, there aren’t any official engagements in the pipeline to mark the milestone. As the specific date marks the anniversary of the death of her father, it is not a day that The Queen herself celebrates. It is more a day of reflection and contemplation for The Queen. As such, The Queen normally spends the day privately at her country home in Norfolk.
Who else has celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee?
While The Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, this isn’t the first time the feat has been achieved. In fact, around 40 monarchs worldwide have celebrated the same milestone. The most recent of those was Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late King of Thailand, who actually reigned for more than 70 years – in doing so, celebrating a Platinum Jubilee!
What is the next royal milestone?
In November, The Queen and Prince Philip have another anniversary to look forward to. They will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary, after 70 years of marriage.