Queen Elizabeth becomes the Longest Reigning Monarch in British History
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At 5:30p.m local time tonight Queen Elizabeth II will be making history. This evening she will have passed her great great grandmother Queen Victoria who served 63 years and 216 days as being the longest reigning British Monarch in history.
89-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and in 1952 became Queen at age 25 succeeding her father King George VI who passed away due to lung cancer. Since her region began in 1926 there have been 10 US presidents and 12 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill. She is has been quite the globetrotter with so far having undertaken 265 official visits in 116 countries.
Today Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip took a steam train on the newly restored railway line along the Scottish Border railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank. They stopped in Newtongrange where she made a speech officially opening the railway line and mentioned the special occasion regarding the long monarchy.
She stated, “A long life can pass by -many milestones- my own is no exception” and this was an occasion “not to which i have aspired to.” She also took time to show her gratitude by saying, “I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said that the Queen was a “rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe.”
Buckingham Palace have marked the event by releasing a new official photography of the Queen taken by Mary McCartney, daughter of former Beatle star Paul McCartney. There are a few other small events marking the occasion, but the real national celebration will be next year when the Queen turns 90 years old.