Queen Elizabeth II becomes Longest-Reigning UK Monarch
On Wednesday, Sept 9, the Queen has thanked well-wishers at home and overseas for their “touching messages of kindness” as she becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Speaking in the Scottish Borders, the 89-year-old monarch said the title was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.
At 17:30 BST she had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes – surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
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Dressed in turquoise with her trusty black handbag at her side, the Queen spoke briefly to the gathered crowds earlier.
“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,” she said.
Amidst a growing debate about severing ties with the British monarchy, Jamaica celebrated Queen Elizabeth II as the longest ever reigning monarch in Britain’s history with a special ceremony at King’s House September 9.
The event, hosted by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, was attended by several dignitaries including Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, former prime ministers PJ Patterson and Edward Seaga, Government ministers and high school students, who Sir Patrick said were invited on the Queen’s request.
“Her majesty has strictly required that the event to mark this milestone be used to promote education,” he said in his welcome address.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller touted the importance of Jamaica’s ties with the British monarchy.
“Jamaica’s proud association with the British monarch will forever form a part of our culture,” she said.
She also professed a fondness of the British monarch on the part of the Jamaican people, noting that the Queen’s visits to the island during her reign have helped to foster this.
“Her visits helped to cement her place in our hearts,” the prime minister noted.
Queen Elizabeth II has visited Jamaica six times, the last occasion in 2006. Since then, Jamaica has hosted other members of the royal family, most recently, Prince Harry in 2009.