July 22, 2015
Queen Elizabeth II To Become Longest Reigning UK Monarch in September
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdom on 9 September 2015, the Tower of London have announced a new art installation with a series of images and animations featuring the letter Q to be projected onto the Tower for seven days.
Whilst in Windsor a 6.3km trail called the Queen’s Walkway, marked by 63 plaques to mark her 63-year reign, will open on 9 September (the route, a symbolic 6.321km long for 63 years and 210 days, starts at the Henry VIII gate and ends at Queen Victoria’s statue). The Queen however will spend the day quietly at Balmoral just like her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria did on 23 September 1896 to celebrate her passing the record set by George III. The Queen is now also the oldest reigning monarch in the world after the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Official portrait of The Queen taken in the Centre Room in Buckingham Palace in December 2011. Photo: © Royal Household/John Swannell
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