Her Majesty The Queen broke another record on Saturday 18th July after she became the first British monarch to reign for 25,000 days. Queen Elizabeth II is already Britain’s longest reigning monarch having surpassed the reign of her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, on 9th September 2015. The Queen is also the world’s longest-serving female head of state, the world’s oldest living monarch and the longest reigning current monarch.
It is known that The Queen is not keen on celebrating milestones such as this, her accession to the throne came as a result of her father, King George VI, dying at an early age. Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on 6th February 1952 at the young age of 25.
Princess Elizabeth became Queen while at Treetops Hotel, Kenya, after she and Prince Philip had embarked on a Commonwealth tour. She did not know that her father had passed away until she returned to Sagana Lodge. A fellow guest at the Lodge recalled in the guestbook, “For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into the tree one day a Princess and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience she climbed down from the tree the next day a Queen.”
Since becoming Queen, Her Majesty has bore witness to many historic events and has met more world leaders and dignitaries than any other head of state. The Queen has welcomed a new millennium, met 12 Presidents of the United States of America and celebrated numerous jubilees and milestones. Her Majesty is due to mark another milestone in less than two years time – a Platinum Jubilee. On 6th February 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the Throne and it is expected that celebrations will be just as big, if not bigger, than her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
On the occasion of her becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch in 2015, The Queen commented, “Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones – my own no exception – but I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.”