Today the Queen will become England’s longest reigning monarch, piping former record holder, Queen Victoria, to the post at 5.30 GMT. In a reign that has spanned 63 years and seven months – which amounts to 23, 226 in days and 33, 446, 430 in minutes – the Queen has seen through 12 Prime Ministers, 6 Popes and 30 pet corgis.
Tributes were paid in the House of Commons by Prime Minister, David Cameron, who said, “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.”
PM: I’m sure I speak for my 11 predecessors that meeting the Queen is one of the most enjoyable, inspiring & humbling honours of this office
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) September 9, 2015
In celebration, many people shared archival footage of Elizabeth. Some images showed a more informal and relaxed side of the Monarch.
— Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary) September 9, 2015
— Royal Navy (@RoyalNavy) September 4, 2015
But not everyone was as keen to mark the occasion.
Congratulations on not dying. Now please go away #longestreign
— Captain Mediocrity (@joshyeh) September 9, 2015
Funny ain’t it, in “austerity” Britain populace celebrate length of time someone worth £22.8 Billion has lorded it over them #longestreign
— Martin O’Neill (@DrNostromo) September 9, 2015
And of course, the odd Game of Thrones reference, just for good measure
— Michael Frost (@michaelfrost6) September 9, 2015
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) September 9, 2015