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As of yesterday Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest reigning monarch. She beat Queen Victoria to the title who held the record at 63 years, 7 months, 2 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.

Elizabeth, 89, has said that this achievement was not something she “had ever aspired to”.

She opened a new railway line in Scotland yesterday and only mentioned the honour briefly in her speech as she thanked the crowd for welcoming her.

Meanwhile, internet users had much more time to spend marking the historic occasion. As usual, they gave their very best reactions.

There was many Game of Thrones references, some of which were executed perfectly:



They gave us a quick rundown of her schedule for the week:


There was also one or two dodgy puns, because of course:

Of course the corgis then had to do something to mark their owners big day. Mashable hosted a tea party for the furry royals 



She’s been on the British throne for more than 60 years – making her one of the world’s most prolific monarchs.

Indeed, Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive reign will shortly overtake that of her great-great grandmother’s, Queen Victoria, as the longest ever completed by a British king or queen.

To mark the historical occasion, a new biography, written by politician Lord Douglas Hurd, has been released. And in the preface for Elizabeth II: The Steadfast, Prince William opens up about his 89-year-old granny.

Saying that she is a “great source of pride and reassurance,” he adds: "Time and again, quietly and modestly, The Queen has shown us all that we can confidently embrace the future without compromising the things that are important.

"From a personal point of view, I am privileged to witness the private side of The Queen, as a grandmother and great-grandmother.”

Wills, who has been married to Duchess Kate for four-and-half years, also reveals that the monarch is funny and loves her family.

“The Queen's kindness and sense of humour, her innate sense of calm and perspective, and her love of family and home are all attributes I experience first-hand."

William goes on to pay tribute to Prince Philip, who is now 94. He and Elizabeth have been married since 1947 and the Duke says his grandfather "devoted his life" to supporting the monarch.

The second-in-line to the British throne adds: "All of us who will inherit the legacy of my grandmother's reign and generation need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story."

Earlier this week, it was revealed that despite rumour to the contrary, the Queen is a big fan of the former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess Of Cambridge.

“She thoroughly approves of the Duchess Of Cambridge and doesn’t give a fig for her being from an ordinary, middle-class background,” the author of The Queen's Speech, Ingrid Seward, wrote.

Together, the Cambridges have two children: a toddler son, George, and baby Charlotte. 


In three weeks' time, Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest serving monarch – overtaking her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

As of right now, she's been on the throne for an incredible 63 years 192 days: Victoria's record currently stands at 63 years 216 days.

To mark the historical occasion, a new book has been released, The Queen's Speech; a biography which reveals intimate detail of Elizabeth's life – including her sometimes tumultuous relationships with 'the in-laws'.

And while much of the publication deals with the likes of Princess Diana – and the Queen's apparent regular disdain for her – the insight into the royal's relationship with the Duchess Of Cambridge is equally fascinating.

It has been rumoured in the past that the monarch has been judgemental of Princess Kate's 'normal' upbringing and middle class (although also rather privileged) roots.

However, The Queen's Speech dismisses this almost entirely.

In fact, it seems that Elizabeth and Kate get on extraordinarily well – with the former viewing the latter's marriage to her grandson as being much akin to her own long-standing and happy union with the Duke Of Edinburgh. 

As for Kate's lack of 'blue blood,' it seems that Elizabeth is entirely unconcerned; indeed, her own mother, Elizabeth Bowes, was one of ten children born into a line of lesser, Scottish nobility. 

“She thoroughly approves of the Duchess Of Cambridge and doesn’t give a fig for her being from an ordinary, middle-class background,” the book’s author Ingrid Seward writes.

“She has high hopes that the Cambridges’ marriage will be as successful as her own.”

Ms Seward even goes so far as to claim the Queen greatly admires Kate for how well she is handling her transition to life as a princess.

“The Middletons and the Windsors might seem at first glance to be worlds apart,” she writes. “Kate certainly shows no sign of adopting the horsey, doggy lifestyle beloved of her grandmother-in-law.

“But the Queen admires how well Kate has embraced royal life, combining it cheerfully with duty and motherhood. Nothing could matter more.”



As granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips is used to a life in the spotlight.

And while she certainly seems to lead a relatively normal existence with her former rugby player husband, Mike Tindall, and their toddler daughter, Mia Grace – earlier this year she experienced some of the downsides of fame.

In January on a Sydney beach dressed down in shorts and a t-shirt, online commentators called her 'chunky'.

Meanwhile, just last month, the 34-year-old was at the receiving end of numerous pregnancy rumours. Wearing an ill-fitting yellow shift dress to Royal Ascot, the resulting photographs seems to show the hints of a baby bump. 

Such was the fervour, in fact, that her publicist was forced to issue a statement saying that Zara was certainly not expecting.

It didn't help, of course, that at the time a streamlined Duchess Kate was looking incredibly slim mere weeks after giving birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte.

Indeed, public comparisons between the two women was almost inevitable. 

But while Ms Phillips, an Olympic silver medallist, has never seemed like the type to get upset over the odd bit of bad lighting and or bad angles, turning up at the K Club in Kildare yesterday, she nevertheless looked incredibly fit and slim.

Wearing a tiny black playsuit and black strappy sandals, the mother-of-one looked stunning posing alongside Mike.

The high-profile duo jetted into Ireland to attend the swish Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. 

Now in its 16th year, the event is definitely one of the highlights of the golfing calendar – and certainly always attracts an A-list crowd. 

Raising much-needed funds for the cancer foundation, the likes of actors Dougray Scott and Stephen Graham, rugby legend Shane Byrne, and former footballers Ian Wright and Ronnie Whelan were all spotted on the famed Kildare course. 

Also in attendance was Ronan Keating and his fiancee Storm Uechtritz, Keith Duffy, who brought along his handsome son Jay, stylist Suzanne Goggins, and Chanel marketing manager Ciara Hughes Dunleavy.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception followed by a four-course meal in The Arnold Palmer Room with wine and champagne from M&S. 

Entertainment was provided by comedian Stan Boardman and singer Cole Page. 

Brothers Ronan and Gary Keating also hosted an auction with items such as golf merchandise signed by Rory McIlroy going under the hammer to raise funds for the worthy cause.

See mariekeating.ie and marksandspencer.ie.


Oh no, Prince Philip has made a royal faux pas yet AGAIN.  

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband made headlines last week when he told a photographer to hurry up and “just take the f***ing picture.”

Now, the 94-year-old has done it again during a visit to the Chadwell Heath Community Centre in London alongside his wife yesterday afternoon.

Many readers took offence when Prince Philip was speaking to a group of female nurses at the centre and asked them, “who do you sponge off?”

ITV News quoted Nusrat Zamir as saying, “We’re all married, so it’s our husbands.”

The nurse explained that Prince Philip was “just teasing and it’s similar to what I call my husband – the wallet.”

Prince Philip is famous for making inappropriate comments when on Royal outings. While many people view him with the same eyes you would the lovable grandad you can’t bring anywhere for fear of what they'll say, many others feel that as a senior figure of the monarchy, his comments are not acceptable.

Here are some of the Prince’s most outrageous comments to date. 

1. An event for The Battle of Britain. Prince Philip tells the photographer to "take the f***ing picture."

2. On a trip to China in 1986, the Prince told a British student that if he stayed there much longer, he'd "go home with slitty eyes." 

3. In 2002, he asked and Aboriginal leader, William Brin, in Australia if the aborigines "still throw spears at each other?" Mr Brin replied saying, "No, we don't do that any more." When he was asked about the incident Mr Brin said that while he was "quite surprised" by the question, he found it very funny. 

4. When Prince Philip met the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjoy, Mr Obasanjoy was in his ceremonial dress. The Prince remarked on this saying, "You look like you're ready for bed."

5. When Ashely Banjo's dance group Diversity won Britain's Got Talent in 2009, the Prince did it again by asking the multi-ethnic group, "Are you all one family?" 

6. When speaking to Lord John Taylor of Warwick – a Briton of Jamaican origin – the Prince asked, "What exotic part of the world do you come from?" To which the Lord politely replied, "Birmingham".

7. When Prince Philip visited the Cayman Islands in 1994, he somewhat surprised the natives by asking, "Aren't most of you descended from pirates?"