Today, the 9th of September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II has become the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking the record held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Over a period of 1,500 year history of the British Monarchy, there have been 66 monarchs and only these two have celebrated their Diamond Jubilees after six decades on the throne. Looking at similarities and differences of the two reigns, neither one of them expected to ascend to the throne, yet as the result of abdications and deaths, both found themselves crowned at remarkably young ages. Continue reading
This is a great coffee table book — really fun and interesting read! It’s a birthday present from a good friend of mine, and although I’ve briefly looked at the photos when I first got it months ago, it’s been sitting on my book shelf and haven’t read it until yesterday.