Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth is England's longest reigning monarch.
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In your face, Edward Longshanks.

England's Queen Elizabeth II became the longest ever reigning monarch in the country, Sept. 9, according to the BBC.

At about 17:30 BST the Queen will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - 63 years and seven months.

[Prime Minister] David Cameron said the service she had given was "truly humbling".

We don't go much in for all the monarchy malarky over here in the States, in fact, we're pretty sure there was a war over it at some point or another. Still, 63 years is a very long time to hold any job, let alone the English throne.

The previous holder of the prestigious record was Queen Elizabeth II's great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Good job, queen.

John and Frances Canning,Prince Philip,Queen Elizabeth II,Royal Wedding Crashers
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Newlyweds John and Frances Canning were informed a while back that a VIP would be at Manchester's town hall on the day of their wedding.

When later they learned that the very important person would be Queen Elizabeth II, they decided to send her a "lighthearted" invitation. They didn't expect to hear back from the Queen, much less see her at their wedding.

But that's exactly what happened.

"When we had our ceremony, the staff asked us to wait for a moment in the corridor and just a few minutes later the queen arrived," Frances Canning told the Manchester Evening News. "She knew both our names and apparently we had been especially added to her rota."

Mr. Canning said the monarch congratulated them and asked them how they were feeling, while her husband inquired about their Italian honeymoon plans.

The Queen and Prince Philip were in town as part of HRH's Diamond Jubilee tour.

In related royal news, a significant number of MPs from all three major parties have proposed renaming Big Ben in honor of the Queen on the year of her Diamond Jubilee. The proposal is gaining traction after being backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and even Prime Minister David Cameron.

[menmedia / belfast.]

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