Peele Community College takes a bow for the Queen

Students and deputy headteacher Elizabeth Smith at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, with their commemorative coins marking the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in history.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Students and deputy headteacher Elizabeth Smith at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, with their commemorative coins marking the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in history. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Students at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, have been given their own personal momento of the Queen becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The 89-year-old passed the previous record set by Queen Victoria at 5.30pm yesterday when her reign reached 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - surpassing the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The commemorative coin given to students at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, to mark the Queen surpassing Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-reigning monarch ever.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The commemorative coin given to students at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, to mark the Queen surpassing Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-reigning monarch ever. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The coin, showing the Royal Crown on one side and three trumpet players on the other, was given to students by staff on Wednesday.

A Peele Community College spokesman said: “This afternoon, to mark the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Queen’s reign and Her Majesty becoming the longest-serving monarch in British history, students at the school received a commemorative coin purchsed by the school at the request of headteacher Simon Gilman.”

Speaking on Wednesday about the new landmark, the Queen said: “Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones and 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,” she added.

Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones and my own is no exception.

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