A royal celebration has been held to celebrate the Queen becoming the UK's longest reigning monarch. See how the world reacted...
Yesterday (Weds 9th Sept) was the perfect day for a royal celebration, as the Queen surpassed her great-great Grandmother to become Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
The exact time that Queen Elizabeth II will overtook Queen Victoria is unknown as the time of death of her father is not recorded, but Buckingham Palace believes that at around 5:30pm the Queen will had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and around 30 minutes.
Rather than mark the milestone with high-profile royal celebrations, the Queen requested that the day should be business be as usual – but that hasn’t stopped the world from congratulating Her Majesty! Crowds gathered at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station to meet the monarch as she boarded a steam train to the village of Tweedbank to open the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
And all across the country, celebrations were held throughout the day. The BT Tower marked the occasion in its own unique way, whilst the Prime Minister himself paid tribute in the House of Commons. The Queen’s rowbarge ‘Gloriana’ led boats in procession along the river Thames, while members of the public showed their pride by wearing the Union Jack to greet Queen Elizabeth.
It was a once in a lifetime celebration, so it’s no surprise that our Queen has been honoured throughout the country! Click through to see Great Britain’s reaction to this unique royal achievement, then share with us your own celebrations on our Facebook page…
Despite being in Scotland, celebrations have been underway in London. The Royal Barge ‘Gloriana’ led a procession of boats down the Thames for a ‘Royal River Salute’. The procession included leisure cruises and passenger boats, and the HMS Belfast sounded a four-gun salute in the Queen’s honour. Hundreds of people have gathered at London Bridge to watch the flotilla go past.
The world’s loudest town crier, David Hinde, proclaimed the Queen’s record-breaking reign in traditional style, offering “proud congratulations on this magnificent achievement” to onlookers at Bridlington harbour, in East Yorkshire.
The Long To Reign Over Us photographic exhibition is being held at Buckingham Palace. Despite only starting today, the exhibition is already proving popular. Find out more and plan your visit, head here.
Prime Minister David Cameron has honoured the Queen by describing her as a ‘rock of stability’ during a discussion on her reign in the House of Commons. He said: ‘It is only right that we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country.’
The Queen and Prince Philip arrived at Waverley Station in Edinburgh accompanied by bagpipes, before boarding a steam train.
A young well-wisher shows her patriotic pride with a Scottish kilt and Union Jack flag.
The BT Tower celebrated when Princess Charlotte was born earlier this year, and today is no different. The message ‘Long may she reign’ scrolled across the top of the iconic tower in London.
Thousands have gathered at Edinburgh’s Waverley train station to greet the Queen this morning. Up and down the country, people are showing their pride on this very secial occasion.