Published on February 6th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Double Royal Celebrations
The 6th February marks the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. On this same day in 1665, Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart dynasty was born.
On this momentous day, The Queen reaches an incredible landmark, her Sapphire Jubilee, and the first British Monarch to do so. From a young Queen in the first televised coronation, to a pillar of strength in an ever-changing world. We have now shared 65 wonderful years with Her Majesty the Queen.
In her long reign, Her Majesty the Queen has marked her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the nation has celebrated with her each time. The parties and parades, the public ceremonies and private festivities in homes across Britain are part of many happy memories we all treasure.
Today, a 41-gun salute was fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London’s Green Park at midday. This was followed by a 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London at 1pm.
Celebration and Reflection
For Her Majesty, this day is a time for both celebration and for poignant reflection. Known as Accession Day, it is also the anniversary of the death of The Queen’s father, King George VI. The Queen is therefore spending this day as she always does, in private, at her estate at Sandringham.
Earlier today a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by photographer David Bailey was reissued. The photograph was originally taken in 2014. It features sapphire jewellery given to her by her father as a wedding gift in 1947.
Incidentally, The Queen and Prince Philip will be celebrating another very important day later this year. Their 70th wedding anniversary.
A special £5 coin collection has been launched and this includes the The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coin to mark “65 Years of Loyalty and Affection”. The obverse side of this coin shows the Imperial State Crown. It is rotated to make a feature of the 104-carat Stuart Sapphire.
Whilst on the subject of the Stuarts, today is also the birthday of Queen Anne. She was born in 1665 into the House of Stuarts, under her Uncle Charles II who had no legitimate children. Her father, James was first in line to the throne but his Catholicism was unpopular in England and on her uncle’s command Anne was raised as a Protestant.
After her sister and brother-in-law’s deaths, Anne became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8th March 1702. On 1st May 1707, two of her realms united as a single sovereign state and became known as the Kingdom of Great Britain. She was the first Queen and Monarch of Great Britain and Ireland.
Queen Anne was married to Prince George of Denmark. Their marriage was a happy one yet sadly blighted by a series of miscarriages, still births and infant deaths. Her only surviving son, William died in 1700.
When Queen Anne died on 1st August 1714, Parliament passed the Act of Settlement 1701 to ensure a Protestant succession. In 2014, a Queen Anne Silver Proof £5 Coin was produced to commemorate the 300th anniversary of her death.
Both of these Queens have seen significant changes during their reigns which have made a difference and shaped our country into what it is now. If you are a collector of Royalty based memorabilia, the Kings and Queens of Great Britain Framed Stamp Set features 39 Monarchs from six Royal Houses since 1399. Included within this set are Queen Anne and Queen Elizabeth II.