Queen makes history … out of spotlight
The Queen is poised for another milestone, an unprecedented 65 years on the throne.
But Buckingham Palace says she plans to spend Monday’s ceremonies far from the spotlight in sombre contemplation of her late father.
Official commemorations of Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee are expected to feature ceremonial cannon fusillades at a central London park and at the riverside Tower of London as well as a procession of military horses pulling First World War-era artillery pieces.
But the 90-year-old monarch is staying 175 kilometres to the north at her Sandringham House estate in Norfolk, where her father, George VI, died of lung cancer at age 56 on Feb. 6, 1952, after a 15-year reign.
Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving monarch in 2015.
In October 2016, she became the world’s longest reigning monarch and head of state alive today.