‘I declare before you all, that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong’ - Queen Elizabeth, 21st of April 1947

Today, 9th of September, Queen Elizabeth become the longest serving monarch in British history with 63 years and 216 days of reign.


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Today, the 53 countries of the British Commonwealth mark a historic milestone as Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest serving monarch in British history.

She surpasses Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.

In the 20th century, monarchies crumbled all over the world. The British royal family is a dramatic exception.

“I think we’re a bit surprised that the monarchy is still here,” says Robert Lacey, a historian and author who wrote a biography of Elizabeth II. “You think back to the swinging ‘60s, satire, the Beatles — you wouldn’t have given much time for the monarchy then [or] in the depths of the scandals of the 1990s, Windsor Castle burning down so significantly.”

Yet it endured.

A Milestone For A Beloved Monarch

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