Queen Elizabeth II Becomes First British Monarch to Reach Sapphire Jubilee

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But unlike for her 2012 Diamond Jubilee, there aren't major public celebrations.

Queen Elizabeth II, 90, on Monday became the first British monarch to reign for 65 years, but there were no major public celebrations of her Sapphire Jubilee.

Monday marks the anniversary of the day she ascended to the throne 65 years ago. British media reports have said that, as is tradition, royal gun salutes would be staged in London to honor the occasion. But beyond that, no major public celebrations were planned.

The queen will not be celebrating in public and instead will spend part of the day in quiet contemplation to remember her father who died on the same date in 1952, according to media reports. She is not scheduled to be at any official engagements Monday.

The more quiet jubilee comes after much fanfare in 2012 when a star-studded concert and other celebrations were held around the queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Still, British TV news networks and shows and coverage in newspapers and online have been highlighting her latest milestone. The BBC on Monday reported that a 2014 portrait photo of the queen by British photographer David Bailey, which shows her wearing sapphire jewelry, has been reissued for her Sapphire Jubilee. It said that her father, King George VI, gave her the jewelry as a wedding gift in 1947.

The BBC also said that it is tradition for the queen to spend Accession Day in private at her Sandringham Estate and return to Buckingham Palace a few days later.

Piers Morgan was among those tweeting about the occasion. "Queen Elizabeth II becomes first British Monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee," he wrote. "She's now reigned for 65 years. Congrats Ma'am!" 

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday last year and turns 91 on April 21.