Queen Elizabeth marks 65 years on British throne



LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth, the world's longest-reigning living monarch, celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee on Monday, commemorating 65 years since she took the British throne.

A 41-gun royal salute will take place in central London to mark the occasion. The queen's office released a 2014 portrait showing her wearing a suite of sapphire jewelry she received from King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.

The Queen, 90, has cut back on international tours but still regularly performs official duties around Britain. In December she said she would reduce the number of her patronages, passing on her role at dozens of charities, academic institutions and sporting groups to other members of the royal family.

She will spend the day at her residence in Sandringham, eastern England, as is usual, her office said.

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Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, after their marriage, 1947. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: November 20, 1947: Princess ELIZABETH and the Duke of Edinburgh after the wedding ceremony. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waving to a crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London shortly after their wedding at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Photograph of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day. Dated 20th Century. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Sir Philip Mountbatten, newly titled Duke of Edinburgh (front, second from right), with fellow Royal Navy officers at his bachelor party at the Dorchester Hotel, London, 19th November 1947. Seated to the right of him is his uncle, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900 - 1979) and to the left, Captain McGregor. Philip is to marry Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) the following day. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1947: H R H Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their engagement at Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1947: Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Newly married Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh during their honeymoon in Malta. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
July 1947: Princess Elizabeth in the state apartments at Buckingham Palace during her engagement to The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and naval Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (later Duke of Edinburgh) photographed for the first time since the announcement of their engagement, 10th July 1947. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
14th November 1947: Mr Schur, chief confectioner at McVitie and Price, putting the final touches to the wedding cake of Princess Elizabeth and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The cake has four tiers and is nine feet high. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: Wedding Of Princess Elizabeth And The Duke Of Edinburgh. Princess Elizabeth And The Duke Of Edinburgh On The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace. To The Right Of The Princess Is The Marquess Of Milford Haven, Witness The Duke Of Edinburgh On November 20Th, 1947 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: Wedding Of Princess Elizabeth And Duke Of Edinburgh. Photo Taken At Buckingham Palace. On November 20Th, 1947 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: Wedding Of Princess Elizabeth And Duke Of Edinburgh. The Royal Procession Arriving At Buckingham Palace. On November 20Th, 1947 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth, and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 20: Wedding Of Princess Elizabeth And Duke Of Edinburgh. On November 20Th, 1947 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth leaving Westminster Abbey, after her wedding to The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
29th July 1949: Princess Elizabeth and her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh complete their tour of West Riding in Yorkshire with a visit to the city of York. (Photo by PNA Rota/Getty Images)
21st October 1950: Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holding her daughter Princess Anne at her christening in Buckingham Palace, with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Princess Elizabeth following the Archbishop of Canterbury in a procession to Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, July 31st 1949. (Photo by Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
CANADA - JANUARY 01: Canada, Princess Elizabeth And The Duke Of Edinburgh Posing With Canadian Mounties In 1951 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Undated picture showing the Royal British couple, Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with their two children, Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and Princess Anne (R), circa 1951. (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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