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Queen Elizabeth's record-breaking royal reign

On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II set a new record as the longest-reigning royal in the entire 1300-year history of the monarchy!

On September 9, Queen Elizabeth II set a new record as the longest-reigning royal in the entire 1300-year history of the monarchy!
The long-serving Queen has broken the record previously held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who held the throne for 63 years and 217 days.
Buckingham Palace has planned a variety of celebrations to mark this milestone in the Queen’s reign, including a new range of souvenir china and a photographic exhibition. However, the hard-working royal is adamant that she “doesn’t want any fuss” and for that reason, there will be no 63-gun salute or even any special family celebrations.
However, Prince William paid a touching tribute to his 89-year-old grandmother in a new biography of the monarch, describing her as both a public and private role model.
“The Queen’s kindness and sense of humour, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand,” William writes.
“Time and again, the Queen has shown us that we can confidently embrace the future without compromising the things that are important.”
To celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking milestone, we take a look back at her life in pictures.

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