Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, today surpassed her great-great grandmother as the oldest monarch on the throne of Great Britain. Queen Victoria reigned for longer, 64 years, but she passed away aged 81 years and 243 days, in 1901. Today the present Queen surpassed that record. Showing no signs of slowing down, she this year racked up 425 official engagements, (more than one a day for every day of the year) and should she live till the year 2015, a possibility given her relative good health, she will also surpass Queen Victoria's record of years on the throne. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Long to reign over us..." doesn't it?