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Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's longest-reigning monarch

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Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's longest-reigning monarch

<p>At the age of 89, after 63 years, seven months and two on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II has become the longest-reigning British monarch. </p> <p>She beats the record previously set by her great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Queen Elizabeth is officially the UK's longest-reigning monarch. A look back: <a href="http://t.co/uTbeFRkeUV">http://t.co/uTbeFRkeUV</a> <a href="http://t.co/jTqVivnfxV">pic.twitter.com/jTqVivnfxV</a></p>— Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersLive/status/641608616265523200">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones, my own is no exception,” she said. “But I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness.”</p> <p>The rare public speech was given as the Queen officially opened the Borders Railway in Scotland. </p> <p>Tributes have poured in from far and wide for the Queen, who is also head of state of 15 Commonwealth realms. </p> <p>British Prime Minister, David Cameron, praised the monarch’s “selfless sense of service.”</p> <p>His Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, added:</p> <p>“For Australia, for the United Kingdom and for the rest of the Commonwealth, the Queen has been a beacon of stability for more than six decades.”</p> <p>Events have taken place around the UK to mark the milestone, although the Queen herself said she didn’t want to make a fuss.</p> <p>While acknowledging the historic nature of the occasion, palace aides have emphasised it’s not one the<br /> Queen would personally celebrate as the longevity of her reign owes much to the premature death of her father, King George VI.</p> <h3>Queen Elizabeth II: how Britain has changed during her record reign</h3> </br> <iframe width="606" height="1097" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="overflow-y:hidden;" src="https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/7596200-queen-elizabeth-1952-vs-now"></iframe>