September 9, 2015
The moment that once seemed so distant has now arrived: Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. People all across the UK – and the world – are celebrating the Queen’s record-breaking achievement, well aware that this is not something every generation gets to see.
As a long-time fan of the Queen, I have to say that I am extremely proud of this moment. This is history that will be talked about for generations, and it is unlikely that another British monarch will reach this milestone for a very long time.
Elizabeth has personified grace and decorum since her earliest days. Not only is she impressive on the surface, underneath the pageantry and tiaras lies a solid work ethic and devotion to representing her people. After a life of service, it seems as though there is nothing that the Queen doesn’t know or hasn’t experienced. It has been a life of duty and tradition under a bright spotlight, something that only a handful of people could tolerate. Where most would crack, the Queen carries on.
Long she has reigned, and may she continue to do so.
The Queen’s other records:
- Elizabeth has lived longer than any other British monarch.
- Elizabeth was the second-oldest monarch in the world, behind Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He died in October 2016 after a reign of 70 years. The queen is now the holder of the title of longest-living monarch in the world.
- In 2017, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate 70 years of marriage, the longest British royal marriage!
- The Queen has visited 116 countries in her time as monarch, more than any other British sovereign.