Queen’s 65 year reign a mile­stone in a record break­ing

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS / THE MONARCHY -

LON­DON — On Mon­day, Queen El­iz­a­beth II marked her Sap­phire Ju­bilee, be­com­ing the first Bri­tish monarch to reign for 65 years. It’s just one of many mile­stones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here’s are some other sig­nif­i­cant num­bers about her record-break­ing life and reign:

El­iz­a­beth as­sumed the throne on the death of her fa­ther, King Ge­orge VI, on Feb. 6, 1952. On Septem­ber 9, 2015, she be­came Bri­tain’s longestreign­ing monarch, pass­ing her great-great­grand­mother, Queen Vic­to­ria.

She turned 90 on April 21, 2016, and has been the world’s old­est monarch since the death of Saudi Ara­bia’s King Ab­dul­lah in 2015.

She has had 13 Bri­tish prime min­is­ters serve dur­ing her reign, from Win­ston Churchill to Theresa May.

She has met 12 U.S. pres­i­dents, from Her­bert Hoover (after he had left of­fice) to Barack Obama — more than a quar­ter of all the U.S. pres­i­dents since In­de­pen­dence. The only pres­i­dent dur­ing her reign that she did not meet was Lyn­don B. John­son. She is due to meet Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump when he comes to Bri­tain for a con­tro­ver­sial state visit later this year.

She has trav­elled more than 1 mil­lion miles (1.6 mil­lion kilo­me­tres) on of­fi­cial trips, vis­it­ing 106 of the 193 cur­rent of­fi­cial mem­bers of the United Na­tions. She has vis­ited Canada 22 times — the largest num­ber of trips to any na­tion.

She has four chil­dren, eight grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren.

She has cut back on her of­fi­cial du­ties in the past few years, but El­iz­a­beth still con­ducted 341 of­fi­cial en­gage­ments in 2015.

The Queen smiles as she is greeted by as­tro­nauts aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, via video con­fer­ence, dur­ing her visit to NASA’s God­dard Flight Cen­ter in Green­belt, Md., May 8, 2007.

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