QUEEN ON TRACK FOR REIGN RECORD
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.