Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Queen Elizabeth II looks on at Waverley Station from the window 
of the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' 
on September 9, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
© Belfast Telegraph

Today Elizabeth II, Queen of England, who at this time of year is taking her traditional summer break at her private Scottish home of Balmoral, opened the new Scottish Borders Railway and took a steam train ride on the new £294 million railway with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

A milestone was passed today when Elizabeth became the longest serving monarch for over a thousand years and surpassed the previous record holder, her great grandmother, Queen Victoria. Officials at Buckingham Palace have calculated that at 5.30pm she will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes.

An official picture showing the Queen at work at her desk has been released 
to mark the moment she sets the new record.
© Ms.McCartney

The commemorative photograph is not a formal one but an image showing the Queen working from papers delivered to her in a famous red box, prominent in the picture's foreground.
Every day of the year - except Christmas Day - wherever she is, the Queen receives from government ministers, and from her representatives in the Commonwealth and other countries, information in the form of policy papers, cabinet documents, Foreign Office telegrams, a daily summary of events in Parliament, letters and other State papers.

It is perhaps easy to forget that most of her subjects at her age
would have been retired for twenty-four years!

This blogger tender his congratulations.

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