Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch
Overtaking Queen Victoria
Queen Elizabeth II has today become Britain's longest reigning monarch, with an impressive 63 years and seven months on the throne to date. She takes the title from her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.
Following the tragic death of her father King George, she was coronated at the young age of 25, when she made a promise to a nation: "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service." During her time as head of state she has worked with 12 British Prime Ministers, beginning with Winston Churchill, and as many American Presidents.