Bow down to the queen! No, like, literally. As of today, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning British monarch of all time. Ugh, talk about rulership goals. Congrats, Queen!
At about 5:30 pm United Kingdom time, on Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II, 89, very casually became the longest-serving monarch in the history of her country. So how long has Elizabeth reigned? Real long. The queen surpassed Queen Victoria, who had served on the throne for a very impressive 63 years and seven months (or 23,226 days). The queen, of course, partied hard in honor of her achievement– by opening a railroad in Scotland, the same way we all celebrate our accomplishments.
Elizabeth, for the most part, wanted to go about her day as usual, allowing everyone else to make a huge deal out of her, just as a seasoned queen is wont to do. And, when you’re a queen breaking major records up in here, you let your country’s prime minister dote on you a bit.
“While I rarely advocate disobeying Her Majesty, least of all in her own Parliament, I do think it’s right today we should stop and take a moment as a nation to mark this historic milestone and to thank Her Majesty for the extraordinary service she’s given to our country more than six decades,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in speech at the House of Commons earlier in the day. “Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change, and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe,” he added.
Elizabeth also got a shoutout from fellow Brit, David Beckham, who posted of a photo of himself alongside Her Majesty, congratulating her. Check out the moving pic below!
Elizabeth first assumed the throne in 1952 when she was just 25, following the death of her father, King George VI, and she has sat comfortably ever since. To mark the occasion, Buckingham Palace released an official portrait photograph of the queen, which was taken by famed photographer, Mary McCartney (who happens to be of a different Royal family, as her father is Paul McCartney).
Are you happy to see Elizabeth become the longest-ruling queen?
— Casey Mink