Queen Elizabeth II: Longest-reigning monarch by the numbers

September 9, 2015 3:52 AM

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Queen Elizabeth II: Longest-reigning monarch by the numbers

On Sept. 9, 2015, just after 4 pm London time, the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II, 89, the 40th monarch since 1066, passes her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria for longest reign in British history, at just over 63 years and six months. She will be at her Scottish estate on that day, which for her will be like any other day in terms of her schedule. She is expected to host a family dinner at Balmoral. She has asked there be no fuss, and so officially, there won't be. But Brits will be celebrating quietly nonetheless, raising a glass to Her Majesty and pulling out the photo albums for a look back at key moments during a singular, and singularly successful, reign. This picture was taken in early February 1952 when she was still Princess Elizabeth, the heir to the throne.

She was 25, married and the mother of two when her father George VI died on Feb. 6, 1952. She was in Kenya on holiday, staying in a treetop hotel, and became queen without even knowing it at first. Two days later, she arrived home, descending the plane steps as Queen to meet a line of somber ministe...

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