Today, Wednesday 9th September 2015, Queen Elizabeth has become Great Britain’s longest reigning Monarch. Having reigned since February 1952, Her Majesty has now reigned for a total of 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. This historic event will be celebrated nationally and internationally. Her Majesty is set to make a rare speech at around 12:45pm today.
Her Majesty gave a short speech to open the Scottish Borders railway just before 13:30 in Edinburgh today, following an introduction and thanks from Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The Queen spoke of her pleasure at opening the railway and arriving by train on this special day, alongside giving a brief and humble thanks for the kind messages and support from the public at home and overseas. Her Majesty said that this milestone was not one she had never aspired to.
Today, the Tower Bridge in London was lifted as a mark of respect and a flotilla of historic vessels sailed processed along the Thames. HMS Belfast also gave a four- gun salute. The Queen was greeted by hundreds of well- wishers, onlookers and school children who brought flowers and gifts for Her Majesty.
How will the rest of Britain celebrate?
No doubt many people will feel truly patriotic today, prepared to celebrate in style. There are many ways to celebrate, from decorating your house or street with red, white and blue bunting, to making crowns with younger (and of course older) generations!
If you’re a super fan, get out your British flags or patriotic clothes to celebrate in Royal style! Cupcakes and an afternoon tea are a must have if you’re planning a day of fun! Much like celebrating Jubilees, there are no boundaries. Whether you’re a Royal fanatic or not, no doubt you’ll take some pride today in seeing Queen Elizabeth II become our longest reigning Monarch in history!
Photography by Katie Wilson