The Queen, Elizabeth II, is the Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, and on September 9th she will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. With this milestone she surpasses her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
In Britain there will be no celebration, no fuss, aides say. It will be just another day for the Queen, but her subjects may differ. Here, the Queen of Canada is a constitutional monarch.
She is the elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, born in 1926. She became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through more than fifty years of enormous social change and development.
Married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for 68 years, they have four children and eight grandchildren.
We’ll hear how the thousands of members of Canada’s Monarchist League will honour the occasion, tomorrow.