Queen Elizabeth Becomes The Longest Reigning Monarch (2015)
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II officially became the longest reigning monarch in British history, having served on the throne for 63 years and 217 days, beating the record created by Queen Victoria (Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother). Queen Elizabeth II was coronated on the 2nd June 1953, becoming the 39th Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The Queen was officially crowned 16 months after ascending to the throne (after the death of her father King George VI) due to a period of national mourning. The Queen was visiting Kenya when she heard of her father’s death, making her the first monarch to ascend to the throne whilst abroad in over 200 years and her grandmother, Queen Mary, the first-ever member of the royal family to see their grandchild become the head of state.