Queen Elizabeth II to become longest reigning UK monarch

Her Majesty will become the longest reigning UK monarch later today.

As of later today Her Majesty surpasses Queen Victoria’s record-breaking reign which began in 1837, ending with her death in 1901.

Queen Elizabeth II.  Photo credit should read: Andrew Yates/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo credit should read: Andrew Yates/PA Wire

At approximately 5.30pm today (September 9) The Queen will have reigned for 63 years.

Prime Minister David Cameron will lead tributes today in the House of Commons.

The Queen’s father George VI passed away in the early hours of February 6 1952 – so the exact milestone is not known.

The Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson; Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson and Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North commended the Queen’s dedication and service, as well as her Christian faith.

The energy and interest she shows on every occasion is an inspiration

Bishop Geoff of Lancaster

Bishop Geoff of Lancaster said: “Having recently seen the Queen in action during her visit to Lancaster this summer, it was amazing to discover what else she had done in the days leading up to her visit.

“The energy and interest she shows on every occasion is an inspiration.

“We are constantly grateful for her devotion to duty and steadfast leadership.

“Her Christmas broadcasts frequently underline her Christian faith. She draws on that resource and is not slow to commend that faith to others.

“We salute the Duke of Lancaster and Praise God for this milestone in her reign.”

Her Majesty visited Lancaster in May this year for the first time in 16 years.

Queen Elizabeth, who is 89-years-old, visited Lancaster Castle on May 29.

Look back at the visit here