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...