Queen Elizabeth II, March 2015Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch on 9th September 2015. She takes the record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria at around 5.30 pm on that day, having spent 23,226 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes on the throne. The exact moment is not known because her father, King George VI, died in his sleep at some point on 6th February 1952. The Queen, who was born on 21st April 1926 in London, received the news while on a royal tour in Kenya. She acceded to the throne at the age of 25. Her coronation took place just over a year later on 2nd June 1953. A total of 12 prime ministers so far, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, have held office during her reign.
Queen Victoria, 1897
Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and seven months (precisely 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes) between 1837 and 1901. She became queen at the age of 18 after her uncle William IV died. During her reign, Britain's empire reached its height. The country experienced a massive expansion of its industry and wealth. Queen Elizabeth’s reign has seen Britain’s recovery in the years following World War II, the dismantling of its empire and its becoming a member of the European Union. Victoria set her own record as longest-serving monarch on 23rd September 1896 when she overtook her grandfather George III (1760–1820), Britain’s longest-reigning king.
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