Sapphires for the Sapphire Queen
Today, Elizabeth II writes her name in the history books once more. The Queen has now reigned for 65 years - she is the first British Monarch to reach this milestone. It is her Sapphire Jubilee. The stone represents wisdom and royalty - an apt moment in a reign that is now legendary. To celebrate this royal 65 years, here are ten special sapphires worn by Elizabeth II - the Sapphire Queen.
The brooch of two great queens
From great granny - via an Imperial Court
This day is as much about George VI as it is his brilliant elder daughter. The King showered his precious Lillibet with sapphires and so here, on the day we remember when the baton passed between them, is the Queen with a brooch of sapphires, rubies and diamonds given to her by her papa when she secured the succession with the birth of a son. The sparkling basket of flowers was a gift from George VI to the future Elizabeth II on the arrival of Charles, a baby prince, a king in waiting, the longest serving heir in British history. For the Sapphire Queen, it is a jewel in a million.
The Sapphire Queen
We end with a sapphire that has belonged to the Queen longer than it has to any other monarch in British history. There are several stunning sapphires in the Imperial Crown with this large stone at the back among the most striking. It is a crown which has rested on the Queen for sixty five years today, the sparkling manifestation of a duty from which she has never flinched. It belongs to her as long as her reign lasts and may that be many, many more years to come. Once more, the Queen writes her name in the history books. Elizabeth II, the Sapphire Queen.