If you’ve seen 'The Crown' on Netflix, you’ll know why the Queen may be feeling melancholy today.
Today Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to have reigned for 65 years. We could imagine that this sapphire jubilee would be a time for great celebration, with the usual pomp and circumstance accorded to these royal events. However, on this special day, Her Majesty is preferring to reflect on the one person who made her queen at such a young age: her beloved father King George VI.
If you’ve been watching The Crown on Netflix you’ll have gleaned a little insight into the special relationship the then-Princess Elizabeth shared with her father. She seemed to admire, respect and love him, and those feelings were mutual. Although in his final years the King had started to train his eldest daughter for her future role as queen—reinforcing in Elizabeth that she should always put God and country before herself—he could never have mentored her in dealing so publicly with losing and grieving her own “papa.” In fact, on the day of her father’s death, she was on a royal tour with her husband Prince Philip to represent her ailing father. Having stopped in Kenya, the royal pair were isolated from the world press and it took some time to inform her of her loss. It was down to Prince Philip to announce the news while on a quiet walk, and she had just a plane ride home to England to absorb the fact that not only had she lost her father, but she was now to be queen.
However, Her Majesty has marked the occasion in a typically thoughtful manner: she has issued an official jubilee photograph of her taken in 2014 by photographer David Bailey, wearing the beautiful sapphire jewelry aptly gifted to her by her father on her wedding day. The Royal Mail has also issued a commemorative £5 coin dedicated to Elizabeth with words from a famous speech she gave on her 21st birthday: “My whole life whether it be long or short, devoted to your service.”
She has stayed true to her words. She has dedicated her life in duty and while her nation might want to celebrate these 65 years service we wanted to mark this bittersweet anniversary with some candid photos of the then-Princess Elizabeth with her much-loved father King George VI. The beautiful photos show the daddy’s girl who had, and always will have, her father in her heart: the man who helped make her the remarkable woman she is today: