Queen makes his­tory … out of spot­light

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

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.

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