Sapphire jubilee

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In 2017, the term sapphire jubilee or blue sapphire jubilee was coined for the celebrations to mark the 65th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (see Sapphire Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II). Previously, the sapphire wedding anniversary was understood to be the 45th, and this would be expected to carry over to regnal anniversaries as with silver, golden, and diamond jubilees.

65-year reign anniversaries in recent history[edit]

Notable person Year of Jubilee
King Louis XIV of France[1] 1708
King Ferdinand III of Sicily 1824
Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary[1] 1913
Prince Johannes II of Liechtenstein 1923
King Sobhuza II of Swaziland[1] 1964
King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand[1] 2011
Pope Benedict XVI, sapphire priesthood.[2] 2016
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
and the other Commonwealth Realms

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  1. ^ a b c d e BBC News Queen's Sapphire Jubilee: Gun salutes mark 65 years on the throne 7 February 2017
  2. ^ "Here's how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 

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