Queen Elizabeth II Becomes England’s Longest-Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II Becomes England's Longest-Reigning Monarch

Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 23News Staff Writer

 

On Sept. 9, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning English monarch in history. Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne 63 years ago after the death of her father, King George VI. 23,226 days, 16 hours, and around 30 minutes later, she surpassed Queen Victoria’s time on the throne, according to the BBC.

During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as queen, she lived through many historical events. As the official website of the British Monarchy notes, “Television has been invented, man has walked on the moon for the first time and the Berlin Wall has been built and then razed to the ground.”

One thing that remains the same, though, is her love for her family. Over the past few decades Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated the birth of her children and grandchildren, marriages and anniversaries. The Queen was recently gifted another grandchild; Princess Charlotte.

This historic event, though, was not met with the grandiose fanfare that one might expect. As the Telegraph reported, the Queen went about her business as usual; she opened the new Scottish Borders Railway, where she delivered a few remarks about the impressive milestone. Her message, as transcribed by The Telegraph, was humble.

“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception. But I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness.”

While many royal watchers sent well wishes to the queen, some people have used this occasion to highlight the negative outcomes they believe the monarchy has on democracy. Muneera Lula, a 19-year-old student studying history and politics at the University of Manchester, echoes this sentiment.

“Personally the idea of monarchy doesn’t sit well with me. I very strongly believe in equality, and the idea that there is a family that are supposedly above everyone else simply by birth-right isn’t something I agree with.”

However, Muneera likes that the Queen did not have a huge celebration. Referencing the current refugee crisis in Europe, she says, “…during a time when people are watching a lot of suffering on the news daily, I feel it would have been in bad taste for the royal family to have had any huge, expensive celebration.”

Although Americans may have expected a grand festival to commemorate the occasion, most Brits celebrated the same way the queen did; by going about their business as usual. After 63 years in the spotlight, Queen Elizabeth II preferred to celebrate the milestone in private.

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