The Courier-Mail



EDINBURGH: Tomorrow the Queen will become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, surpassing her great-grandmothe­r Queen Victoria’s rule of 63 years and 216 days.

As Britain and remnants of the Empire mark the occasion, the Queen will board a train at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station to officially reopen a long-abandoned rail route.

Abandoned in 1969, the line will take the 89-year-old monarch and husband Prince Philip 48km through landscapes romanticis­ed by writer Sir Walter Scott to the border village of Tweedbank.

“The Queen could have been any- where in the Commonweal­th (to cele- brate this day), but she chose to honourr Scotland,” Scottish Borders region Coun- cillor David Parker said.

The Waverley Route, named after a series of novels by Scott, is a source of fierce pride for locals and a symbol of thee golden age for Scotland Railways.

The reopening is also seen as rightingg a historical wrong committed by the e government in London, which ruled in n the 1960s that the line was unprofitab­le.

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