For 63 years and 216 days, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has now reigned longer than any other Monarch in Britain’s history. She has been an “absolute constant,” said Sir John Major. The Duchess of Cornwall called her reign, “unbelievable.” Though the Queen did not want to highlight this particular day for herself, the British people certainly did.
1. Queen Elizabeth
In a speech to hundreds of well-wishers, the monarch thanked supporters for their ‘touching messages of great kindness’ but said the ‘milestone’ was not one ‘to which she has ever aspired’. via Daily Mail
2. A kindly busy day for the Queen
At 5.30pm today (Sept. 9, 2015) she will have served for 63 years and seven months – approximately 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes – overtaking the previous record held by Queen Victoria.
She told well-wishers in the Scottish town of Tweedbank that it was not a milestone she had never aspired to but that she was ‘very grateful’ for the messages of support.
As she opened the £294 million Scottish Borders Railway in Tweedbank, the Queen said: ‘Prince Philip and I are very grateful for the warmth of your welcome on this occasion.
‘Many, including you First Minister, have also kindly noted another significance attaching to today although it is not one to which I have ever aspired.
‘Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception. But I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.’
The 89-year-old monarch, with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side, spent the day travelling 40 miles on the railway with Ms Sturgeon, starting at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, stopping off at Newtongrange in Midlothian before carrying on to the Borders town of Tweedbank.
The Scottish First Minister said: ‘We are privileged ma’am that you have chosen to mark today’s milestone here. All of us are delighted to be able to share some of this special day with you. For those watching from around the world let me say, on their behalf ma’am a simple but heartfelt thank you.’ via DailyMail