Church Service to Commemorate HM The Queen

7 Sep 2015

A church service in Aylesbury Parish Church on Wednesday September 9 will mark the day The Queen becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

To commemorate this historic achievement the Chairman of AVDC, Cllr Mrs Jenny Bloom, the Aylesbury Town Mayor, Cllr Allison Harrison and the Chairman of BCC, Cllr Bill Chapple OBE will be attending.

It will be hosted by Buckinghamshire County, Aylesbury Vale District and Aylesbury Town councils.

Bishop of Buckingham the Rt Rev Alan Wilson will give an address at the service which will be led by the Rev Doug Zimmerman, Rector of Aylesbury.

The service, which starts at 4.30pm, and has seating for 500, will be open to residents.

Buckinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, said that Buckingham Palace were not encouraging 'Jubilee style' celebrations for this occasion, and it will be a normal working day for the Queen.

The Palace are, however, working on a programme to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.

Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning of the 41 kings and queens of England since the Norman Conquest in 1066. She will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days.

Background notes

HM the Queen will mark the day she becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch by opening the UK's biggest new domestic railway line for more than a century. She will travel by steam train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank near Galashiels on Wednesday September 9 to formally open the new Borders Railway, reviving a rail tradition dating back to the 1840s.

The longest reigns in British history:

Edward III: January 25 1327 to June 21 1377, 50 years 147 days. Born 1312, died 1377, age 64

Henry III: October 18 1216 to November 16 1272: 56 years 29 days. Born 1207, died 1272, age 65.

James VI of Scotland, later James I of England: King of Scotland July 24 1567 to March 27 1625: 57 years, 246 days. Born 1566, died 1625, age 59

George III: October 25 1760 to January 29 1820: 59 years 96 days. Born, 1738, died 1820, age 81

Queen Victoria: June 20 1837 to January 22 1901: 63 years 216 days. Born, 1819, died 1901, age 81

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