Queen Elizabeth is just two years away from celebrating her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne.
On Queen Elizabeth’s special day, Gun salutes were fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park.
The function took place at the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London to celebrate the occasion. The bells of Westminster Abbey, the gothic church where the Queen, was married to Prince Philip and crowned, were also rung to mark Accession Day. The Queen, as we know, has faced a hard time in recent weeks. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to quit royal life. And her second son, the Duke of York, is facing calls to speak to the FBI in the US.
Prince Andrew will turn 60 later this month. He also stepped down from royal duties in the month of November. The decision came after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Queen – the worlds longest-reigning monarch – will mark the anniversary of her accession privately at Sandringham. For those who do not know, Queen Elizabeth prefers to spend her winter break in Sandringham only.
The date also carries sombre memories for Her Majesty.
On this day, Princess Elizabeth became the queen after the death of her father King George VI. King George VI was suffering from lung cancer and unfortunately passed away on February 6, 1952. Her majesty was was thousands of kilometres away from her home on a Commonwealth tour with Philip in Kenya. Suddenly the news broke that the King died in his sleep from lung cancer at Sandringham House.
Her Majesty visited nearby RAF Marham on Monday to see training illustrations of engine maintenance and weapons loading at the military base. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, also prefers to spend much time on the Sandringham estate after retiring. He spent four nights in the hospital just before Christmas for treatment relating to a ‘pre-existing condition’.
Queen Elizabeth has ruled for over 24,837 days. She has passed her Silver, Golden, Diamond and Sapphire Jubilees. She became Queen on February 6 1952, on the death of her beloved father at the age of just 25.
The Queen usually returns to London soon after her anniversary. She will host a state visit by the Emperor of Japan at Windsor Castle in the spring. Her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, Andrew’s eldest daughter, is also preparing to marry property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi later this year.