On Wednesday, September 9, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.
Elizabeth inherited the throne in 1952, at the age of 25. As of last Wednesday, she had ruled for 63 years and 217 days – surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest-ruling British queen.
The queen arranged for no celebration of this achievement.
“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. Mine is no exception.”
The next to inherit the throne will be Charles, Prince of Wales. Second in line is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. No matter how much longer Elizabeth continues to rule, it will be next to impossible for either to surpass her record.