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Queen Elizabeth II Reign 2nd Longest in Brit History


London, May 12 (PTI) The reign of Queen Elizabeth II has become the second longest in British history, overtaking that of George III.

She was coronated on the death of her father, George VI on February 6, 1952. Since then, she has reigned for a total of 59 years and 110 days or 21,645 days.

She now ranks second only to Queen Victoria, who died in 1901 after 63 years and seven months on the throne, the Daily Telegraph reported today.

The Queen, who celebrates her Diamond Jubilee next year, is set to overtake even Victoria's record in September 2015, at the age of 89.

Among living heads of state in world, only King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand ? who has occupied the country's throne since 1946 ? has served for longer.

During her reign, the queen has attended an estimated 25,500 official engagements in Britain, conferred 400,000 honours and awards and received 3.

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