In just a couple of weeks, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Buckingham Palace has calculated that Queen Victoria, the previous record holder, reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.
Historian Dr Kate Williams says, “It shows that our female monarchs last longest. The Queen’s longevity is a great source of her strength and popularity."
"She has lived through World War Two and throughout the 20th century. Many people will not have known a different monarch.”
Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25 upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. At 89 years old, she is currently the world’s oldest monarch.
Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne in 1837, is synonymous with Britain’s “golden age” of industrial, economic and empire expansion. Her reign lasted until her death in 1901, a total of almost 64 years.