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Queen chats with Nicola Sturgeon during train journey

The Queen has resumed her train journey to Tweedbank as she marks her historic day by inaugurating the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway.

Queen Elizabeth II waved out of the window of the steam locomotive Union of South Africa on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Her Majesty chatted with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the journey from Waverley Station to Tweedbank. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Prince Philip joined the pair in the luxury carriage. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire


Harman pays tribute to Queen's 'tireless' commitment

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said the Queen is "admired by billions of people all around the world" in a tribute to her in the House of Commons.

Ms Harman praised Her Majesty's "tireless" commitment and dedication to the service of her country.

She also joked that the Queen had "gone from sending telegrams to sending tweets".

"We send her out warmest congratulations, our appreciation and above all our thanks," said Ms Harman.

Duchess praises Queen's 'unbelievable reign'

The Duchess of Cornwall has praised Queen Elizabeth II's "style" on the day Her Majesty becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Speaking to ITV News' Alastair Stewart, she said:

Oh it's unbelievable, it's unbelievable.

I Just can't believe it's as long as Queen Victoria...such a big person in history, you know, to beat that and you know with such style.

– Duchess of Cornwall

Royal Barge 'Gloriana' leads Thames procession

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The Royal Barge Gloriana is joining eight other vessels for the 'Royal River Salute' as part of commemorations on the day The Queen becomes Britain's longest-ever serving monarch.

Gloriana will be joined by police, fire, RNLI and commercial boats as part of the procession along the Thames from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament.

HMS Belfast will also fire a 4-gun salute as the boats pass by.

Queen meets the public on historic train journey stop-off

The Queen has halted her journey on the new Scottish Borders Railway to meet well-wishers at Newtongrange in Midlothian.

The luxury steam locomotive, Union of South Africa, transporting the royal party is bound for the town of Tweedbank, where the opening ceremony of the £294 million railway will be held.

Her Majesty received a bunch of flowers while meeting people who had gathered at Newtongrange Station.
The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh in meeting members of the crowd.
Her Majesty was also introduced to school children on the historic day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch.


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
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