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Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years, 216 days (and counting)

Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years, 216 days (and counting)

Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history on Wednesday, spending 63 years and 216 days on the throne and surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Tributes poured in for the 89-year-old who became queen in 1952 when she was just 25 years old. At the time, Harry Truman was president and Josef Stalin ruled the now-nonexistent Soviet Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron described her reign as a “golden thread” running through generations of British society as he acknowledged the historic milestone Wednesday during a speech in the House of Commons.

“Her Majesty the Queen inspires us all with...

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