February 6 marks the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee, a record-breaking 65 years in service since she took the throne in 1952. We’ve chosen two pieces of fine sapphire bespoke jewellery to commemorate the occasion.
The Queen has ruled longer than any other British monarch, and in that time she has become a much loved and respected figure, both in Britain and across the world. As the country has gone through a transformation, the Queen has remained a constant presence in the lives of the people of Britain, along with her husband Prince Philip.
Queen, Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926. A child in the Second World War, in 1940 she made her first public broadcast. The Queen has been a constant throughout the lives of many, and Prince Philip has been such in her own. The Queen claimed Philip to be her ‘strength and stay’ throughout her reign.
Colour Change Sapphire and Diamond Ring
Elizabeth met Philip Mountbatten when she was just 13 and was instantly taken with him. It was years later that the pair fell in love. An unlikely coupling, Elizabeth was described as quiet and reserved, while Philip was boisterous and outspoken. The pair were married in 1947, with Philip giving up his Greek and Danish titles, and changing his religion for the marriage. Elizabeth wore a wedding dress that she had paid for with ration tokens. The couple had their first child the following year, a son Charles. Daughter Anne was born two years later.
King George VI died on February 6 1952 while Elizabeth and Philip were touring in Kenya, following which Elizabeth took over the responsibilities of ruling the country. Her coronation took place on June 2 1953 in Westminster Abbey, and for the first time the ceremony was broadcast on television, with an estimated 20 million people around the UK tuning in to watch.
In 2012 the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, and on September 9 2015 she overtook Victoria to become Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Now a committed mother and grandmother, duty and family remain of high importance to the Queen, and her husband prince Philip has carved out his own roles in British society, as a passionate conservationist, a protective father and grandfather, and as a devoted companion.