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The Queen becomes Britain's longest serving monarch

Local dignitaries congratulate Her Majesty

John Herring

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Congratulations Ma'am.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history today (Wednesday). 

The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months; passing the record set by Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother.

Her Majesty has been a frequent visitor to Newbury over the years, attending race days at Newbury Racecourse, visiting Vodafone's headquarters in 2008 and St Bartholomew's School in 1993. (Click through our gallery to see these visits).

Newbury town hall will fly the Union Flag today to celebrate, honour and recognise Her Majesty's achievement and bells will be rung across the country to mark the occasion. 

Greenham Parish Council will meet at St Mary's Church in the parish for a peel of bells at 5.30pm.

Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, James Puxley, said: “The idea is that people on hearing bells ringing during that evening will realise why they are being rung and will rejoice in gratitude at the immense service Her Majesty has performed for this country which now continues longer than any of her predecessors.”

The Mayor of Newbury, Howard Bairstow (Con, Falkland), said: “The Queen provides the continuity and grace to our society, long may she continue to reign”.

Chairman of the town council's civic pride, arts and leisure committee, Kuldip Singh Kang (Con, Falkland) said: “With so many changes in our society since the start of her reign, Her Majesty provides the continuity we need from her and yet she still manages to keep up with the times”.

Queen Victoria came to the throne when she was 18 and ruled for 63 years, seven months and two days. Her reign encompassed 10 Prime Ministers, two less than Elizabeth II.  

The Queen has today thanked well-wishers at home and overseas for their "touching messages of kindness".

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