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Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch

PUBLISHED: 10:10 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:10 09 September 2015

The Queen visited Barking Town centre as part of the Borough's 50th anniversary

The Queen visited Barking Town centre as part of the Borough's 50th anniversary

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History will be made today as Queen Elizabeth II becomes the nation’s longest-serving monarch.

The Queen on her visit to Abbey Leisure Centre in BarkingThe Queen on her visit to Abbey Leisure Centre in Barking

Overtaking Queen Victoria, she assumed the throne aged 25 and has now reigned for 63 years, seven months and three days.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, pupils at James Campbell Primary School are commemorating the day with poetry and portrait competitions, with a commemorative coin and book vouchers to be won.

“It’s important to keep our children informed about our heritage,” said Natalie Lacey, personal assistant to the headteacher.

“Our children saw the Queen when she visited so it’s a nice follow-up for them too.”

Pupils at Beam County Primary School will today sing the national anthem and do a special dance.

In what has been a year of big milestones, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh made a trip to Barking and Dagenham on July 16 as part of the borough’s 50th anniversary .

An estimated 10,000 people turned out to witness the royal visit as the pair visited Chadwell Heath Community Centre, Sydney Russell and Gascoigne Primary schools and officially opened the Abbey Leisure Centre.

The day also featured a celebration lunch at The Broadway Theatre with 150 guests.

The Queen also enjoyed a whistle-stop visit to Eastbury Manor House in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee tour.


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