Today is quite a day in the United Kingdom! As of today, Queen Elizabeth surpasses Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch with 63 years and 6 months on the throne. There are no special events planned to mark today: the Queen is currently in the middle of her annual summer holiday at her Scottish estate, Balmoral, and will host a private family dinner this evening. Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently visiting Balmoral with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are not currently visiting Balmoral, but they were with the Queen this past weekend when she attended the opening day of the Braemar Gathering of Scottish games, which she does every year.
The Kensington Palace Instagram, which William, Kate, and Prince Harry use for their social media, noted the occasion with this three generation of monarchs picture:
Today we are marking an inspiring milestone in The Queen’s service to the UK and the Commonwealth #longestreign The Duke of Cambridge recently said ‘I am privileged to have The Queen as a model for a life of service to the public…all of us who will inherit the legacy of my grandmother’s reign and generation need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story”
Queen Elizabeth is gearing up for a big birthday, too: next April she will turn 90. Her mother, the Queen Mother, lived to be 101, so Queen Elizabeth might have a few years left on the throne! I’d imagine this is a rather bittersweet day for Prince Charles. At 66, he’s still waiting to become King. I’m glad William is with the Queen to celebrate the day at least.
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