9.10.2015

QUEEN ELIZABETH II NOW THE LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH OF THE UK


Queen Elizabeth became the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom today. As Queen, she has seen 12 Presidents, 12 British prime ministers, and seven popes.

She breaks the record held by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, seven months, and two days.


The Queen has thanked well-wishers at home and overseas for their "touching messages of kindness" as she becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Speaking in the Scottish Borders, the 89-year-old monarch said the title was "not one to which I have ever aspired".

At 17:30 BST she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

David Cameron said the service the Queen had given was "truly humbling".

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34177107

Dressed in turquoise with her trusty black handbag at her side, the Queen spoke briefly to the gathered crowds earlier.

"Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones - my own is no exception - but I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness," she said.

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