Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch later today when she passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria came to the throne aged 18 and died in 1901 when she was 81. Today, the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months – calculated at 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes at about 17:30 BST. (Source)
Celebrations will be held throughout the day with church bells ringing out across the country and business in the House of Commons will be postponed for half an hour so MPs can pay tribute to the Queen. In turn, Her Majesty is expected to make a brief reference to her achievement in surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria when she opens a new railway in the Scottish Borders.
Congratulations to our patron HRH Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest serving monarch in British history.