On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, about 5:30 p.m., Queen Elizabeth II (pictured) became the longest reigning monarch in Britain's proud and often turbulent history, dating back more than a millennium to the days when kings and queens enjoyed absolute power.
Serving as sovereign for 23,226 days (about 63 years and 7 months), according to Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth surpassed Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, a woman so powerful that she stamped an era with her name.
If the Queen Elizabeth II lives as long as her mother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101, her reign will last another 12 years.
Poor Prince Charles, who has been waiting 66 years to begin his life’s work as King. He may be near 80 when his other the Queen dies. By that time the crown may skip a generation and Prince Prince William would become King.