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.