Queen Elizabeth reached a major milestone Wednesday, becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history by passing Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months.
Prime Minister David Cameron said millions of Britons would celebrate the historic moment. "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," he said.
The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, conducted one public event, inaugurating a new train route along the Scottish border. "I thank you all, and all of the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness," Elizabeth said after bring introduced by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The 89-year-old queen noted that she had not aspired to pass Victoria and simply saw it as a logical result of having lived a long life. The public event was low key, and marked by many smiles as Elizabeth acknowledged the crowd of several hundred. Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI.
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