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Queen Elizabeth II's Record Breaking Reign In 10 Lesser-Known Facts

08/09/2015 14:38 BST | Updated 09/09/2015 12:59 BST

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

With a whopping 63 years under her belt, the 89-year-old beat the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who, Buckingham Palace has calculated, reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.

Elizabeth's lengthy reign is memorable for a raft of political and social factors – and these lesser known facts…

Queen Elizabeth in ten facts