Queen Elizabeth at the Sapphire Jubilee

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The anniversary of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in 1952 is a poignant time for the Queen, marking the day her father George VI died. A portrait of The Queen wearing sapphires was released. The necklace is made of 16 large oblong sapphires surrounded by diamonds and dates from 1850. She was in good spirits on Sunday as she greeted well-wishers after attending a church service at St Peter and St Paul in West Newton, Norfolk. Royal gun salutes will be staged in London on February 6, as is the tradition. A 41-gun salute will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon. A 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company will be fired at the Tower of London at 1pm.

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