A landmark moment – the only British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee
In each jubilee year the nation has come together, not only to mark a milestone in The Queen’s enduring reign and the country’s history but to celebrate with her and to thank her for the stability she brings and her dedication to serving Britain and the Commonwealth.
Now it is time to celebrate Her Majesty’s Sapphire Jubilee – in her 91st year. The Queen is as dedicated to her role as she was when she came to the throne in February 1952. The Sapphire celebrations may be quieter but they call for all the joy and thanks she deserves as the world’s longest reigning living monarch – and the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee.
Royal Mint coin designer Glyn Davies has created a £5 design inspired by the regalia of the coronation, highlighting the Stuart sapphire of the Imperial State Crown. For the five-ounce and kilo coins, Gregory Cameron, designer of the last commemorative ‘round pound’ and The Royal Mint’s first Christmas coin, has looked to tradition and heraldry. His new interpretation of the Royal Arms includes oak and olive branches, representing The Queen’s steadfast service and faithfulness to the nation.
In keeping with a celebration of a life lived on the public stage we have asked Jennie Bond, the well-known former BBC Royal Correspondent, to share her own memories and views of The Queen in the packaging that accompanies all the coins in the Sapphire Jubilee range.