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Long to reign over us

October 2015

Much has changed since 1953, when HM The Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne. The average house price was £2500, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing became the first people to scale the summit of Mount Everest, and there were just 2.6 billion people living on the earth.

Fast-forward to 2015, and there are now multiple expeditions of ordinary people to ascend Mount Everest, the world’s population is at 7 billion, and the average UK house price is, according to the Land Registry, £183,861.

However, HM The Queen is still on the throne, making her the longest-serving monarch in the history of the UK, clocking up 63 years and outpacing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

What both women have in common, apart from a bloodline and the fact they both ruled over vast Commonwealths, is a known profession of the Christian faith and a strong moral code to which they adhere.

While Queen Elizabeth does not reign over the 400 million people in the empire of her ancestor Victoria, she is still the head of 183 million people, and ostensibly the head of the Church of England.

As protector of ‘the faith’, her Christmas messages always speak of the birth of Christ, while it was reported that, pre-ascension in 1953, she was outspoken against sexual promiscuity and divorce.

HM The Queen, who is 89 years old and has been married to Prince Philip since November 1947, was reported by the BBC to have thanked well-wishers in the Scottish Borders.

However, she appeared not to want anything significant to mark the occasion, but treated the milestone as if it were a normal day in her life.

She said, ‘Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones — my own is no exception — but I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas for your touching messages of great kindness’.

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