Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Queen Elizabeth Sets a New Record

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch On this day, September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II set history by becoming the longest reigning UK monarch, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Just for the record, according to the BBC, at 5:30 A.M. (British Standard Time) she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes. Here's a picture of her coronation, in 1953:

Image from BBC
Here are some facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her lengthy reign:
* She has met 12 of the past 13 U.S. presidents (she never met Lyndon B. Johnson), starting with Herbert Hoover.
* She has visited 128 countries, but not Madagascar, Cuba or Peru
* She has visited Canada 27 times
* Her full name at birth was Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, and titled Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York
* When Elizabeth became Queen in 1952 the population of the UK was 50 million. Today it is more than 63 million.
* The Queen’s title varies depending on where she is. In the UK she is: ‘Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.’

So let's all say a hearty hip hip hooray to Queen Elizabeth II! Long may she reign!

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