Queen Elizabeth II breaks record, but failed to lead when she had the chance

    Queen Elizabeth II

   Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is believed to have broken the record for being the UK’s longest reigning monarch:

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch

September 9, 2015

The Queen has thanked well-wishers at home and overseas for their “touching messages of kindness” as she becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Speaking in the Scottish Borders, the 89-year-old monarch said the title was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.

The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months – calculated at 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes at about 17:30 BST.

David Cameron said the service she had given was “truly humbling”. …

  • Victoria became queen at 18, while Elizabeth was 25
  • Elizabeth II rides in the same coach as Victoria did for the annual State Opening of Parliament
  • Both queens were shot at by a lone gunman while out riding near Buckingham Palace
  • Elizabeth loves the private royal estate at Balmoral, which was bought by Victoria
  • Victoria ruled over an empire of 400 million people. Elizabeth is head of state for 138 million people

Queen Victoria became queen at the age of 18 and ruled for 63 years, seven months and two days.

Queen Elizabeth’s reign has included 12 prime ministers, two more than served under Victoria. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34177107

Of course, in Queen Victoria’s day, the monarch reigned as a monarch.  Queen Elizabeth II has mainly reigned ceremonially, with little actual reigning.  But perhaps I should mention that Queen Elizabeth II, like the late Queen Victoria, holds the titled of ‘Supreme Governor’ of the Church of England.

As far as being humbled for the length of her reign, she has lived over a time when the British Empire basically dissolved (much of which happened after she was born, but before she took office).  There are nations still in the Commonwealth, however, that she has some limited influence in. ... Read full article

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