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There won’t be any Diamond Jubilee-style celebrations in the U.K. on Wednesday, but Britons (and Google) have been paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the longest-reigning British monarch ever.
The Queen, 89, will clock up 23,226 days, 16 hours and about 30 minutes as of 5:30 p.m. London time on Wednesday, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who ruled for 63 years and seven months.
Her Majesty is spending the day on official duties in Scotland, but Google, London’s BT Tower and others are paying subtle tributes.
Google’s U.K. home page referred to the record underneath its search box with the simple line “Congratulations Ma’am.” The line hyperlinked to results for the query “Queen Elizabeth II.” Google also launched a royal edition of its Pegman, the mascot it uses on GoogleMaps. A special figure, made to remind users of the queen and dubbed PegMa’am, shows up when viewing Buckingham Palace and surrounding areas on GoogleMaps or StreetView.
Meanwhile, Central London’s BT Tower on Wednesday displayed a scroll saying “Long may she reign.”
On the Thames river, a flotilla of historic vessels, leisure cruisers and passenger boats will participate in a procession between London’s Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament, with a ship honoring the queen with a four-gun salute, British TV news reports said Wednesday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron lauded the monarch in a tweet. “Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change,” he said. “It is only right that we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country.”
The BBC on Sunday aired the hour-long documentary The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria, which looks at the reigns of the two queens, on its flagship network BBC One. It includes commentary from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and others.
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