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The Sapphire Queen: Her Majesty Celebrates 65 Years on the Throne


In a world of rapidly changing politics and fortunes, it is remarkable to think that Elizabeth II has been Queen for 65 years; the first British monarch to do so.

A 41-gun salute was fired in London’s Green Park (close to Buckingham Palace) in Her Majesty’s honour and a special portrait of the Queen by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been reissued to commemorate this Sapphire Jubilee. In the portrait the Queen is wearing magnificent sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI when she married Prince Philip.

David Bailey’s picture of the Queen has been reissued for her sapphire jubilee (Picture: AP)
David Bailey’s picture of the Queen has been reissued for her sapphire jubilee (Picture: AP)

While gun salutes also took place in Cardiff, Edinburgh and York, the Queen spent Accession Day privately at Sandringham and will return to Buckingham Palace in a few days. More public celebrations of the monarch’s reign have been reserved for 2022, when the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty’s reign will take place.

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Contemporaries: Art by Focus LDN

Tom Cox and Focus LDN have done it again with an exciting new exhibition, showcasing eight artists and their work in the Old Brompton Gallery from June 21st – 25th. Visitors to the gallery during the exhibition are promised live painting, collaborative works and other events to be announced.

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Summer Solstice at the Shard with Morning Gloryville

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Rock the Strand this Thursday 22nd June

Save the date – on Thursday 22nd June from 7.15pm – 10.45pm, Rock the Strand will take place at the Strand Palace Hotel. Curated by industry legend Tony Moore, Rock the Strand will showcase an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Sagardi: Pleasures of the Flesh

SEEN was reminded of what a privilege it is to meet chefs and butchers who are truly passionate and single-minded about the food they prepare and cook. Thus it was at Sagardi in Shoreditch, where the ravenous foodie press was assembled earlier this week, to witness the butchery of, and subsequent cooking over a splendid barbecue grill, of a side of ox.