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Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest-Reigning UK Monarch

The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II marked the day she became the longest-serving monarch in her nation’s history — by doing her job.

On the day when she surpassed Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months on the throne, the beloved 89-year-old monarch carried on her ribbon-cutting routine as usual, traveling to open a new railroad in Scotland.

Dressed in one of signature pastel outfits – this one a two-tone turquoise number – Elizabeth rode by train from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, to Tweedbank in southern Scotland, where she was due to open the just-built Borders Railway.

The queen waved to crowds at Waverley Station in Edinburgh as she boarded a train bound for the opening ceremony. The arrival of her helicopter had been delayed by fog.

Elizabeth, who is concluding her usual summer vacation at Balmoral, her baronial castle in Scotland, was expected to speak briefly at the ceremony.

Elsewhere, the milestone was marked more definitively. In London, a flotilla of historic vessels, leisure boats and ferries took part along the River Thames in central London, with the HMS Belfast sounding a four-gun salute.