She’s about to make history as the first British sovereign to reign for 65 years.
But Queen Elizabeth II won’t be celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee on February 6.
Speaking with The Telegraph, the queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, revealed the heartbreaking significance of the date.
“It’s important to understand that for the queen this marks the anniversary of the day her father died,” he said.
“She has always made it clear that her long reign is a consequence of her father’s early death and so it is not a day for celebration.”
“She will go to church the day before and her father will be in her thoughts then. On the day itself, she will do her red boxes but she won’t be going out and about anywhere.”
Despite going all out for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, it’s been reported that the Queen will likely treat the occasion as business as usual and will remain in “quiet reflection” rather than public celebration.
The 90-year-old’s reaction to the milestone is reminiscent to that of 2015, when she surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch. At the time, she revealed that the historic record was “not one to which I have ever aspired.”
Her father, King George VI passed away in his sleep on Feb. 6 1952 after suffering from lung cancer.
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