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News - Miscellaneous - 20 Dec 2007

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Miscellaneous: 20 Dec 2007
Queen now oldest monarch in Commonwealth history

Queen Elizabeth becomes the oldest-ever monarch in Britain's history today, breaking the record of her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria -- who lived for 81 years and 243 days.

Victoria, born on May 24, 1819, ascended to the throne at the age of 18 and died in 1901.

Elizabeth will move past Victoria at about 5 p.m. local time Thursday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told CTV.ca on Thursday that there is nothing special planned to mark the occasion.

"The Queen will just carry on with her normal day's activities," said Stuart Neil, the Queen's deputy press secretary.

"We're not marking the occasion."

Elizabeth, born on April 21, 1926, is the 40th monarch to rule since William the Conqueror took the English throne on Christmas Day in 1066.

She became Queen in 1952, at the age of 25, when her father, King George VI, died and is currently the fourth longest-reigning monarch.

If she continues to reign, the 81-year-old will pass King Henry III on March 5, King George III in 2012 and Queen Victoria on Sept. 9, 2015.

Despite her age, the Queen shows few signs of slowing down.

Last November, Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, celebrated 60 years of marriage. She is the first monarch to ever reach a diamond wedding anniversary.

A few days later, the Queen arrived in Uganda to formally open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

According to AFP news agency, the Queen carried out 425 official engagements last year alone.

Her next public engagement will be on Christmas Day, when she will attend a church service with the Royal Family, said Neil.

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