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Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest reigning British monarch in history


(0.14) Queen Elizabeth II surpasses her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest serving British monarch in history this week. The 89 year-old takes the crown on Wednesday reigning for 63 years and 217 days and it all began in the early 1950s. 1953, it was the year was introduced to Ian Fleming’s James Bond, the year Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay conquered the Everest, and the year Elvis Presley made his first ever recording. In Britain, an estimated 3 million people lined the streets of London. World leaders, dignitaries and invited guests gathered at Westminster Abbey and millions of people around the world huddled around television sets; all to witness a momentous occasion for the British Empire. She was just 25 years old when she ascended to the throne in 1952 but she was not always destined to be Queen. Her father, George VI, became King after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII and when he died, his eldest daughter was next in line. The young queen quickly took to her new role with energy and grace and soon, she and her husband Prince Philip set off on a six-month world tour. She became the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe and in time also became the most widely traveled head of state in history. (1.48)

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