Chairman of Watford Borough Council Kareen Hastrick marked the day when Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest reigning monarch with some tea and cake at St John’s Church held to mark the occasion
At around 5.30pm today, Her Majesty celebrated 63 years and 216 days on the throne - more than any other monarch. Quite a few people turned out at the Sutton Road church to mark the special occasion.
Her Majesty Elizabeth II became our sovereign aged just 25 when her father King George VI died in his sleep on 6 February, 1952. Until then, it was her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who had been our longest reigning monarch.
Chairman Kareen Hastrick said: "It is an impressive achievement for Her Majesty the Queen to have served the country for so long. It was lovely to meet the members of the regular morning coffee group to celebrate this special day. A real community spirit exists and is alive and well in St John's."
Joyce McCarthy, who was with Kareen at the church, reflected on the Queen’s coronation. She said: “Our parents sat us all in a room, watching the coronation on the only TV in the family. We had lots of sandwiches to celebrate – and we were still on rations then. Our parents said: ‘Watch this – she’s going to be here for a long time,’ and boy, were they right.”