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QUEEN ELIZABETH - THE LONGEST SERVING MONARCH

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Her longevity is a great source of her strength and popularity

It is a significant milestone, her majesty the Queen has made history; she becomes the longest reigning British monarch as she passed the record set on the 9th of September by her greatgreat- grandmother Queen Victoria who, Buckingham Palace has calculated, reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes. “The Queen’s longevity is a great source of her strength and popularity. She has lived through World War Two and throughout the 20th century. Many people will not have known a different British monarch.”

Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II when she was 25 on the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952. Like Victoria, she has acted as a figure of  continuity as the country has modernized. She has served, with Philip at her side, through the 20th century, the Millennium and into the 21st century, witnessing new technological advances and a succession of British governments of different political persuasions.

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