Queen marked Sapphire jubilee today in Sandringham

The Queen at West Newton Church.
The Queen at West Newton Church.

The Queen marked a unique milestone of her long reign at Sandringham today when she achieved her Sapphire jubilee – 65 years on the throne.

The occasion is of course always a bittersweet one for Her Majesty. She came to the throne in 1952 when her beloved father King George VI died at Sandringham at the age of 56.

Sunday School prize giving at West Newton village hall

Sunday School prize giving at West Newton village hall

No other British monarch has reigned for as long as 65 years.

But she continues to play a full role in public affairs and she was out and about again on Sunday meeting and greeting her subjects as she went to West Newton Church for a service.

Despite the fog there were some 200 people ready to cheer her arrival at the church in a Bentley, with the Duke of Edinburgh.

She wore a matching turquoise coat and hat outfit as she was met by the Rector of Sandringham, Canon Jonathan Riviere.

The Queen at West Newton Church.

The Queen at West Newton Church.

The Queen also undertook her traditional task of prize-giving for the Sandringham Group Sunday School, presenting Bibles.

The 22 children had performed Jonah and the Whale during the church service.

The Queen is expected to spend the next few days in Sandringham before returning to Buckingham Palace later this week.

The Queen at West Newton Church.

The Queen at West Newton Church.

The choir who performed at West Newton Church where the Queen attended the service

The choir who performed at West Newton Church where the Queen attended the service