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Long To Reign Over Us

In case you have missed it, on September 9th this year the Queen becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history.

On that date, she will have reigned longer than our previous longest reigning monarch Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and seven months (or 23,226 days if you want to be precise) which was a British record when she died in January 1901.

But by September 9th our Queen, whose Accession to the throne took place on February 6th 1952 with the passing of her father George VI, will have reigned for longer than Queen Victoria, and every day after that her record will increase.

George III, who reigned for 59 years and 96 days until January 1820, was another long serving monarch, but others really haven’t come close. Poor William IV only managed just under seven years, from June 1830 to June 1837.

The changes in British life during the reign of Queen Victoria were immense and are still commented on – everything from the industrial revolution to education to our colonies including India of course and various wars and international incidents. Transport evolved amazingly during her reign – Queen Victoria was the first reigning monarch to ride on a train – she made her first train journey in 1842.

But Queen Elizabeth has also seen some immense changes in her long reign. Computers and space travel have to be two of the major new developments seen in her reign. But there have also been other ground breaking events, the abolition of capital punishment, the climbing of Mount Everest, supermarkets plus sadly the continuing list of wars and international incidents.

The Queen has said she doesn’t want a big fuss to mark this landmark; but there will be a range of souvenir china produced. Official merchandise including a plate, tankard and pillbox with the words “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Our Longest Reigning Monarch” will also go on sale at Royal Collection Trust souvenir shops.

Also to mark the occasion three royal palaces are holding exciting identical Long to Reign Over Us photographic exhibitions featuring the Royal family and including the official Coronation Day portrait taken by Cecil Beaton.These will be at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and also at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. www.royalcollection.org.uk/exhibitions/long-to-reign-over-us

For people eager to see the Queen on this special day, Her Majesty will be opening a new railway line in Scotland and taking a ride in a carriage pulled by a steam train. This is at the opening of the Scottish Borders Railway which will re-establish a railway link between Edinburgh and Tweedbank for the first time in more than 40 years. More information on this is at:
www.scotrail.co.uk/service-alterations-due-steam-services-and-royal-opening-borders-railway

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