On Saturday, to mark the 69th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Buckingham Palace shared clips from a period film and a stunning portrait of Sovereign Abbey of Westminster.
It’s a birthday she’s not celebrating. On Saturday, February 6, 2021, Queen Elizabeth II turns exactly 69 years old as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But this important date in her life saddens the now 94-year-old Sovereign, because of the death of her father, King George VI, whom she adored and won, the same day.
Image made for his Diamond Jubilee celebration
Buckingham Palace posted a video on social media to mark the event. It is based on an extract from a film written by amateur filmmaker Lord Wakehurst at the age of 25 about the death of a former sovereign and Elizabeth’s entry into the British crown in 1952, as the palace legend explains.
Westminster Abbey paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II by publishing a portrait of her. The work, signed by painter Ralph Heymans on her Diamond Jubilee Day in 2012 (60 years of reign), shows her inside the church, which she consecrated in 1953. She is dressed in a long white dress over her shoulders, her “Robe of State of Crimson Velvet or Parliament Robe” with a cape of red velvet, lace gold and a long tail with an edgy ermine.
Her Majesty the Queen ascended the throne # On this day She is the longest-serving monarch in British history, having ruled for 69 years.
This picture of the Queen is of Ralph Heymans standing in the abbey wearing a portrait and dress. pic.twitter.com/SjQiotUeW6
– Westminster Abby (ab Wabi) February 6, 2021
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