Queen Elizabeth II has become the second-longest serving monarch in 1000 years overtaking that of George III.
Since ascending the throne in Kenya on the death of her father, the much loved King George VI on 6 February 1952, The Queen has reigned for a total of 59 years and 110 days.
Queen Victoria, who died in 1901 after 63 years and seven months on the throne, remains the longest reigning monarch. The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee next year.
Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has given impeccable service to the many Realms over which she reigns, and to the Commonwealth of Nations.
Her Majesty will overtake the Queen-Empress, Queen Victoria, as our longest serving monarch in September 2015, when she will be 89.
Long may she reign.