Procession on the River Thames, stolen bells, cannon: the United Kingdom Elizabeth II celebrates Wednesday, which will come at 16 pm GMT 30 (12 h 30 in Montreal) in history by becoming the British sovereign to reign the most long, a record she decided to celebrate without pomp.
“We celebrate a royal record at 17: 30 pm (local time) today,” proclaimed Buckingham Palace before a royal crier medieval dress in red and gold, wearing a hat with ostrich feather and with a bell .
“Her Majesty the Queen will exceed the reign of his great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, 23 226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes,” he has added shouting “Hip hip!”. To which the crowd replied “Hurrah!”.
Queen-Empress Victoria was in power between 1837 and 1901.
Globally, the record for the longest reign is still held by the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87 years old, sovereign since 1946.
Born April 21, 1926, Elizabeth was, she ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, at a time when Winston Churchill was in power in the UK and Stalin in Russia. And six decades later, all the experts agree that the Queen, always alert to 89 years, never abdicate.
To celebrate its longevity record, it has provided no official public ceremony. “No fuss” (“no fuss”), she decreed, according to his entourage.
A photo released by the palace for the occasion (signed Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney) watch at work, in front of the red box containing documents received almost daily from the government.
“An incredible achievement”
The British will still have the opportunity to see their sovereign, and to express their enthusiasm at the opening in Scotland of a new railway line. Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, she boarded a steam train to make the journey to Edinburgh Tweedbank village on the border with England.
On arrival, it must make a statement, a rare gesture on his part. It will then dine at his summer residence at Balmoral with her grand-son, Prince William and his wife Kate.
If the queen chose sobriety, much in the image of his reign marked by restraint, many celebrations are however planned throughout the day to celebrate that the British regard as their “greatest Queen” according to a recent YouGov poll.
Wednesday morning, several dozen people crowded in front of Buckingham Palace, performing égoportraits before the golden gates of the palace.
“This is a very special day, we are very privileged to be here to share this moment with the rest of the world,” enthused Janice Gallagher, an Australian 68 years.
“This is a great success,” echoed Adam Hardman, a British 28 years. “We need it continues.”
“Over the past 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability,” said his side Prime Minister David Cameron in a statement. “His selflessness and sense of duty earned him the admiration of not only British, but also worldwide.”
Procession on the River Thames
MEPs interrupted parliamentary work 11 to 30 hours (6: 30 pm, Montreal time) to pay homage to him, while at the same time, the bells of Westminster Abbey resounded in the heart of London.
On the Thames, the royal barge Gloriana will lead a procession of boats, whose passage will be welcomed by the guns of HMS Belfast warship turned into a museum.
In looking up, Londoners can also read the message “May she long reign” at the top of the tower of British Telecom.
Sign of the excitement room, TV crews were allowed for the first time to settle on the lawns of Buckingham Palace.
In this chorus of praise, a few discordant voices were heard. The organization anti-monarchist Republic has launched a campaign on Twitter with the hashtag stopthereign (putting an end to the reign), saying that instead of celebrating their Queen, the British would do better to reflect on “a radical democratic reform” to elect “someone one who can truly represent the nation. ”