Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history by passing Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months. While inaugurating a new train route along the Scottish border, she says she had not aspired to pass Victoria and simply saw it as a logical result of having lived a long life.
I thank you all, and all of the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness.
Prime Minister Cameron:
Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe.
British legislators mark the milestone in Parliament and newspapers share special souvenir tributes to the Queen.
British security forces says Islamic extremists from ISIS are planning to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II, using a ‘deadly pressure cooker bomb’ set to detonate near The Queen as she attends events in central London to commemorate the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, the Allied victory over Japan in World War II. The report comes before the threat has been neutralized, and that security forces are in a race against time to thwart the assassination plot. Security has reportedly been bolstered around the queen and Cameron ahead of the event.
BBC Administrators review and tighten regulations on staff tweeting stories about sensitive news after a rogue tweet causing news organizations to wrongly report Queen Elizabeth II is dead or in the hospital. Updated guidelines for “category one” public figures including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge state:
It is essential that those responsible for the coverage in the hour or so immediately after the announcement of death, especially of the Monarch and, assuming the death is a natural one, understand that this is NOT a “breaking story” in the normally accepted sense. If the death was sudden and/or unexpected, the circumstances of the death, as a news story, might well take precedence, at least in the initial coverage. However, it would be expected that the tone would become more reflective as the coverage unfolds.
Following a routine obituary rehearsal for Queen Elizabeth II, a BBC reporter releases a tweet stating the Queen is dead. The tweet is quickly followed by one stating the Queen is being treated in hospital, then the tweets are deleted. Reports state the Queen is in good health. BBC official:
During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the royal family had been taken ill. The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence.
Queen Elizabeth says during her review of the year that she is affected by the courage of Ebola workers:
I have been deeply touched this year by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk
Queen Elizabeth II posts her first tweet welcoming visitors to a new information age gallery at the Science Museum of London. The tweet posts on the official British monarchy Twitter feed.
While speaking to the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, Cameron is overheard saying that he has never seen someone so happy after he informed the Queen of the Scottish referendum poll results. Recalling that he had called the Queen to say “it’s all right”, he said: “She purred down the line. I’ve never heard someone so happy.”
It should never have been that close. It wasn’t in the end, but there was a time in the middle of the campaign when it felt… I’ve said I want to find these polling companies and I want to sue them for my stomach ulcers because of what they put me through, you know. It was very nervous.
Buckingham Palace declines comment
Queen Elizabeth tells a crowd outside Crathie Kirk near Balmoral:
I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the future.
She declines to make an official statement.
The Queen smashes a bottle of whisky on the hull of a 65,000-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier, officially naming the warship as HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ceremony takes place at Fife’s Rosyth Dockyard. The vessel is the first of two aircraft carriers being built involving more than 10,000 people at more than 100 companies in its design and construction. The estimated cost of HMS Queen Elizabeth and its sister ship is £6.2 billion, way over the initial projected cost of £3.65bn. It is as long as 25 buses and can carry 40 jets and helicopters at a time. By the time it will enter service in 2020, it will have a permanent crew of about 1,600.
Queen Elizabeth II speaks on Churchill’s death to his wife.
The whole world is the poorer by the loss of his many-sided genius while the survival of this country and the sister nations of the Commonwealth, in the face of the greatest danger that has ever threatened them, will be a perpetual memorial to his leadership, his vision, and his indomitable courage.