Queen marks 63 years on the throne

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Queen is marking the anniversary of her accession privately today as she reaches 63 years on the throne and nears the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Later this year, on September 9, she will overtake Victoria to become the longest reigning monarch in British history.

Accession Day on February 6 commemorates the start of the Queen’s reign, which began on the death of her father, King George VI.

As she does most years, she is reflecting on the anniversary of her father’s death in private at Sandringham, where she has been staying for her annual winter break.

George VI died in his sleep at Sandringham House on the royal estate in Norfolk on February 6 1952 after suffering from lung cancer.

Princess Elizabeth, who was just 25, was thousands of miles away in Kenya on a Commonwealth tour with the Duke of Edinburgh when she learned of his death. She returned home a Queen.

Gun salutes are fired on Accession Day including a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London’s Green Park and a 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.

The year ahead for the Queen includes an incoming state visit by the Mexican president in March, a three-day state visit to Germany in June and a possible trip to Malta in November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit, as well as, on a more personal note, her 89th birthday in April and the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child in the same month.

On September 9, the Queen will pass the record set by Victoria, who reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes, taking into account 63 years, 15 leap days, additional months and days and the precise timings of her accession and death.

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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