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#507280 - 09/08/15 10:47 AM Queen Elizabeth II Britain's Longest-Reign Monarch
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All dolphins, sturgeons and whales in the British waters belong to the Queen! This has been the law since 1324.

Queen Elizabeth II will become the United Kingdom's longest-reigning monarch, having occupied the British throne for 63 years and 218 days.

The monarch is set to break a record, previously held by legendary Queen Victoria. It is estimated that Victoria ruled one quarter of the world's population between 1837 and 1901, with a cultural influence so dominant that the era was subsequently named after her.

Elizabeth, for her part, ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, meaning she has led the British people for no fewer than 23,226 days, CTV news calculated. Starting with Winston Churchill, a dozen prime minister have traded keys at 10 Downing St. during her reign, and the monarch has spent 10 hours delivering her 62 Queen's Speeches at the state openings of parliament.

Both Victoria and Elizabeth, meanwhile, "brought in a new spirit of hope," royal commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo told the Toronto Star. "Victoria [did so] after all the scandals of her uncles, and Elizabeth after all the problems of the Depression and the Second World War and the post-colonial devastation of Britain and the British economy," he explained.

The 89-year-old has visited 116 countries on official trips and covered 43,618 miles on her 1953 coronation tour alone, the BBC detailed. Her loyal subjects, meanwhile, can travel across Britain on no fewer than 237 streets named after Elizabeth (and 153 named after Victoria).

The then-crown princess married Prince Philip, the duke of Edinburgh, in 1947, and the couple's eldest child -- Prince Charles, age 66 -- is first in line to one day succeed his mother.

For the time being, however, Elizabeth continues to rule not just the United Kingdom but also Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Jamaica; New Zealand, Papua New Guinea; Saint Lucia; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; the Solomon Islands; and Tuvalu. A foreign challenger -- Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has reigned for six years longer than the queen -- however, remains the world's longest-serving, living monarch, CTV News noted.


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#507321 - 09/09/15 11:32 AM Re: Queen Elizabeth II Britain's Longest-Reign Monarch [Re: Marty]
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The evolution of Queen Elizabeth II, as shown by banknotes

Queen Elizabeth II will officially become the longest-serving British monarch Wednesday after serving 63 years, beating a record set by her own great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

The 89-year-old Queen Elizabeth has seen an enormous amount of change during her reign. Unlike most people, however, her own evolution has been documented in an unusual way: On banknote portraits.

Since first appearing as a young royal on Canadian notes as a child to modern-day portrayals, the queen has appeared on currency all around the world. The two portraits of the queen prior to her accession to the throne were both featured on Canadian banknotes. The first was the queen at 8 years old; the second, taken by famous photographer Yousuf Karsh, was issued in 1951.

In 1952, the 26-year-old Elizabeth took the throne. The majority of the young queen’s portraits were taken that year: Seven out of the eight portraits listed below of the queen in her 20s that has appeared on banknotes were taken by Dorothy Wilding. She was the first woman to be appointed as the Official Royal Photographer.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the article in the Washington Post


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#507394 - 09/11/15 11:24 AM Re: Queen Elizabeth II Britain's Longest-Reign Monarch [Re: Marty]
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San Ignacio Hotel 1994 Royal Visit

Memories of the 1994 Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.


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