Queen Elizabeth Makes History As She Breaks Incredible Record
Queen Elizabeth is about to make history on Saturday, as July 18th will mark the 25,000th day of her being on the British throne.
People Magazine reported that Saturday will be 68 years, five months and 12 days after she took the throne following the death of her father, King George VI. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the 94 year-old Queen will be “spending the day privately,” which is typical of her understated style.
Elizabeth was only 25 years-old when she learned that her father had died while she was vacationing at the remote Treetops camp in the foothills of Mount Kenya on Feb. 6, 1952. She was officially coronated the next year on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey in London, and she has been on the throne ever since.
In 2015, she broke the record of the longest-serving British monarch ever when she surpassed the number of years that her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria was on the throne.
“It is not one to which I have ever aspired,” Elizabeth said about breaking this record during a speech she gave in Scotland. “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones; my own is no exception.”
During her decades on the throne, the Queen has met 12 U.S. Presidents, visited more than 120 countries and invited 14 different British Prime Ministers to form a government. She has also had four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
The Queen has been laying low over the past few months, as she has been quarantining at Windsor Castle with her 99 year-old husband Prince Philip amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Given the fact that they are both in their 90s, the Queen and Philip would each be at high risk for complications, should they test positive for COVID-19.
A source close to her said that the Queen has still managed to find joy in simple things in quarantine.
“She loves to be out walking her dogs and is still riding,” the insider said, with others adding that she is determined to make the most of her time in isolation by spending time with her husband.
“One of the nicest things for the queen is that she is getting to spend more time with her husband than she usually would,” a friend of the monarch’s told Vanity Fair. “They have dinner together in the evenings and I imagine the queen is of the generation where she dresses for dinner. She is riding out every day and is making the most of this time.”