I've been waiting and counting the days, and today, at 63 years and 217 days, Queen Elizabeth II has outlasted her predecessor Victoria. Someone, somewhere, calculated each reign in years, days, hours, even minutes, and sometime today QE II sails onto the top of the list.
According to Wikipedia, she now stands in 48th place among the longest reigning monarchs of the world. Those reigning longer: all men. The longest reigning, I see, was Sobhuza of Swaziland, who reigned for almost 83 years. He must have been exhausted!
I do like Queen Elizabeth. I love the name Elizabeth, so much so that when I could choose a name for my Confirmation I chose that one. Maybe that's why I like her so much. I've blogged about her before - here, and here, and here, among others.
She's a grand gal. You read about all the Prime Ministers and celebrities she's known, authors and entertainers, and it is just amazing. She's 89 years old, and she's lived through a lot of history, many wars, and a lot of changes to our lives, not to mention her own - it was always Keep Calm and Cary On.
God Save the Queen