Elizabeth surpasses Victoria as longest-serving UK sovereign
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Victoria was queen for much of the 19th century, with a grand total of 23,226 days, 16 hours, and 23 minutes. However, the precise moment in time when Elizabeth reached her milestone remains a mystery because it isn't known for certain exactly what time the Queen's father and predecessor,, passed away.
The milestone was the subject of widespread praise from around the world including David Cameron said that her reign was "truly humbling" and had been a "golden thread" for British society in the post-war era. He was joined by members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords., the Secretary-General of the , of which Elizabeth is ceremonial head. British Prime Minister
The occasion was also marked in London by a flotilla proceeding down the River Thames. Buckingham Palace unveiled photographs taken by , daughter of musician , in which the Queen was sitting in the room where she meets the Prime Minister on a weekly basis.
However, the Queen was not present in London because she is currently on holiday in Scotland. She appeared to underplay the significance of the day, only briefly mentioning it whilst attending the opening of a restored railway line in the region.
Accompanied by her husband, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, she met crowds of admirers who had turned out in force to welcome her. The First Minister emphasised the Queen's "dedication, wisdom and exemplary sense of public service"., and
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