Queen Elizabeth hits royal milestone

BRITAIN’S Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest reigning monarch in 1000 years of British history today.

Her reign of 59 years and 95 days, plus 15 extra leap-year days, puts her ahead of George III, whose total reign was 21,644 days.

Queen Victoria – the Queen’s great-great-grandmother – is the only royal to spend longer on the throne. She reigned for 63 years and seven months until her death in 1901.

If Queen Elizabeth II continues to reign, she will overtake Queen Victoria’s record in September 2015.

The monarch, who celebrates her diamond jubilee next year, will not officially commemorate today’s landmark.

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