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We Celebrate The Queen Becoming The Longest Reigning Monarch

Mark Gale

Mark Gale



Our Queen Victoria

On Wednesday 9th September 2015, HRH Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-serving monarch in British history, surpassing the record set by Queen Victoria.

With over 63 years on the throne, her reign has overseen more change in the way we live in Britain than any of her predecessors, but her enduring appeal has hardly ever wained. So take a look back with us at some of our favourite pictures, moments and facts about her.

A Portrait of The Queen Elizabeth II

                            © Cecil Beaton/Royal Collection/PA


For a number of years she was very interested in the quest to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.

Queen Elizabeth II Aboard A Boat Whilst On Tour

She's a big fan of Downton Abbey and loves checking (and correcting) historical facts about the show.

Queen Elizabeth II & Mother Teresa

She was given her first Corgi Susan as a present for her 18th birthday and a good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan.

Queen Elizabeth II & Her Dogs

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She's even introduced a new breed herself - the Dorgi (Corgi cross with a Daschund).

Queen Elizabeth II & Family

She collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress, true to the spirit of postwar austerity.

Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip

                                              © Rex


She sent her first e-mail in 1976, from a British army base.

Prince William & Princess Katherine on their wedding day

During World War II she worked as a car mechanic.

Queen Elizabeth II During WWII

As well as handing the World Cup to England after their triumph in 1966, she attended her first game in 1953 - which just so happened to be the famous 'Matthews final.'

Queen Elizabeth II Presenting the World Cup

She even showed her funny side by agreeing to be part of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony by pretending she'd parachuted into the stadium (which of course she didn't really do) before officially opening the games (watch it all again here).

Queen Elizabeth II At The Olympics


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