London: In yet another milestone, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday became the second-longest reigning monarch in 1,000 years of British history.
Elizabeth II, who became queen in 1952, will today overtake George III, who reigned for 59 years, 96 days plus 13 extra leap-year days, totalling 21,644 days.
Queen Elizabeth II’s great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria has had greater longevity on the throne.
If the Queen lives another four years and a bit, she will beat Queen Victoria`s record. Victoria, who became queen in 1837 and died in 1901, reigned for 63 years, seven months.
Among living heads of state in world, only King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who occupied the country`s throne in 1946, has served for longer.
During her reign, the Queen has attended an estimated 25,500 official engagements in Britain, conferred 400,000 honours and awards and received 3.5 million items of correspondence.
A total of 12 prime ministers have served under her.
(With PTI inputs)