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Queen thanks everyone for "touching messages of great kindness"

A new Mary McCartney photograph has been released to mark the Queen's record as longest-reigning monarch Credit: Mary McCartney

The Queen has thanked everyone at home and overseas for their "touching messages of great kindness" on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch.


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PM: Queen's service to Britain has been 'truly humbling'

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid fulsome tribute to the Queen on the day she becomes Britain's longest running monarch, describing her reign as a "golden thread running through three post-war generations".

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said: "I do think it's right that today we should stop and take a moment as a nation to stop and mark this historic milestone."

Her Majesty the Queen inspires us all with her remarkable service, her dignified leadership and the extraordinary grace with which she carries out her duties.

It is truly humbling to comprehend the scale of service that Her Majesty the Queen has given this country. The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has been a golden thread running through three post-war generations.

The Queen is our Queen and we couldn't be more proud of her. She has served this country with unerring grace, dignity and decency. And long may she continue to do so.

– Prime Minister David Cameron


Royal Mail issue stamps to commemorate historic reign of the Queen

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The Royal Mail is issuing a miniature sheet of stamps to commemorate the historic landmark as the Queen becomes the longest reigning UK monarch, exceeding Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days.

The sheet comprises of five stamps including a specially created purple coloured First Class Definitive (everyday stamp) which will replace the current red version for the next 12 months.

The full line-up of stamps on the Miniature Sheet is as follows:

1st class – William Wyon’s City Medal, featuring the head of Queen Victoria, commemorated her first visit to London. The image on the Penny Black (the world’s first postage stamp) was based on this portrait, which in turn was based on a sketch of Princess Victoria when she was 15 years old.

1st class – Dorothy Wilding’s three-quarter profile photograph of Her Majesty was one of a series taken in April 1952 and was printed on British postage stamps from 1952 until 1967.

1st class – The classic Machin definitive, featuring the iconic profile of Her Majesty by sculptor Arnold Machin has been in use on definitive stamps since 1967. The iridescent overprint on the stamp bears the text 'Long to Reign Over Us'. This new stamp is also available in stamp books.

£1.52 – The Badge of the House of Windsor, featuring a depiction of the Round Tower of Windsor Castle flying the Royal Standard, was approved by King George VI in Council at Buckingham Palace.

£1.52 – Created for use in Commonwealth countries, The Queen’s Personal Flag was designed at Her Majesty's request in 1960. This is a gold 'E' with a crown, surrounded by a garland of roses. It symbolises the Queen's role as Head of the Commonwealth. The device from the flag appears on the stamp.

Andrew Hammond, Director, Stamps and Collectibles, Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail stamps mark the most significant anniversaries and landmark events in the life of our country. We are proud to commemorate Her Majesty becoming the longest-reigning monarch in UK history.”

The South prepares to celebrate as the Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch

The Queen in Margate Credit: ITV news

Special events are taking place across the South to celebrate the Queen becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch.

The Mayor of Southampton will be hosting afternoon tea at the city's Grand Cafe. In Aylesbury, a service will take place at the town's Parish Church, where the Bishop of Buckingham will give an address. The historic event will be marked in the Community Square at the Civic Centre in Gravesham and a beacon will be later lit to mark the event. Eastbourne Homes' Retirement Housing Panel is hosting a Long Live the Queen Party with entertainment and 'the best crown competition'.

The Queen in Windsor Credit: ITV news

As the Queen becomes the country's longest reigning monarch, a new photo display has gone on show at Windsor Castle. Called "Long To Reign Over Us", it includes portraits and images of the Queen from 1952 to the present day, as well informal photographs of the Monarch and her family. The exhibition will run until January. PORTSMOUTH is paying tribute to The Queen as she becomes the UK's longest serving monarch.

The Big Screen in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square will show photographs of the Queen's many visits to Portsmouth throughout the day as well as an archive film called 'Royal Road' which includes footage of her life at Windsor Castle. Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas and Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Donna Jones have also written to Her Majesty to thank her on behalf of the city for her 'tireless support and encouragement of charities, public and voluntary services' during her reign.

Rebecca makes portrait of the Queen - from mugs!

Rebecca and her spectacular portrait Credit: Horlicks

To coincide with the HRH Elizabeth II becoming the longest serving monarch, New Forest award-winning artist Rebecca Newnham has created a spectacular portrait... made entirely from mugs!

Rebecca spent over three weeks making the 2 metre by 2.5 metre piece, using 952 mugs and 20 litres of paint.

The portrait is more than eight feet high and takes more than eight people to lift.

Earl of Wessex meets schoolchildren

The Earl of Wessex met schoolchildren at the opening of the new hq Credit: Chloe Oliver

The Earl of Wessex opened Berkshire's new Fire and Rescue Headquarters today, when he met local schoolchildren.

Prince Edwardwas given a tour of the new facility in Calcot.

The new centre will deal with all 999 emergency calls for the whole of the Thames Valley.

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