A photo of The Queen has been re-issued to mark Her Majesty’s Sapphire Jubilee today, which is the 65th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
The portrait by David Bailey has been rereleased for the occasion, and was first seen in 2014, as part of a series to mark The Queen’s 88th birthday.
Appropriately, in the photo, Her Majesty wears a sapphire jewellery set. The necklace and earrings were a wedding gift from her father, George VI, when Princess Elizabeth married The Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in 1947.
The photo was taken for the GREAT campaign, a publicity campaign by the government to promote Britain around the world, but the blue-themed photo now marks 23,742 days on the throne for Elizabeth II.
Prince William views the set of David Bailey photos featuring his grandmother at an exhibition in Shanghai, 2015.
A 41-gun salute was fired in Green Park, next to Buckingham Palace, as Accession Day is usually marked, and the Tower of London followed suit. Gun salutes also took place in Cardiff, Edinburgh and York.
Prime Minister Theresa May offered her congratulations to the Monarch, called Her Majesty “truly an inspiration to all of us”.
“I know the nation will join with me today in celebrating and giving thanks for the lifetime of service Her Majesty The Queen has given to our country and to the Commonwealth,” a statement said, further commenting it was “a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation” that The Queen had made clear she did not want official celebrations to mark the historic milestone.