She has been on the throne for over 63 years and 216 days
Just hours ago, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the British royalty. At 5:30 p.m., she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who was crowned on June 20, 1837, and who reigned until her death on January 22, 1901, clocking in 63 years and 216 days.
Queen Elizabeth II, now 89 years old, was crowned on February 6, 1952, following the demise of her father, King George VI, who died in his sleep at the age of 56.
Her reign has spanned 12 British Prime Ministers. Since taking the throne, she's met with 12 US Presidents and she's been on official visits to over 100 countries. She's witnessed the invention of television, the first time man set foot on the Moon, and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. So, yes, it's been some pretty good decades, inevitable lows aside.
?Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones; my own is no exception,? Queen Elizabeth II said in a speech. ?I thank you all, and the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness,? she went on to add.