The day is here! At approximately 5:30 local time, The Queen will pass Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in Britain and the other realms, a reign of 63 years, 7 months, 2 days, 16 hours, and 23 minutes. Her Majesty is staying at Balmoral Castle with her family, but emerged for one engagement today.
Could it have been anything other than one of Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches? This is one of the brooches best known for having come from her great-great grandmother, but it's also one that we see all the time - right in keeping with her desire not to make a fuss on this day.
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Buckingham Palace also released a new portrait by Mary McCartney (yes, daughter of Paul) for the occasion. With her favorite pearls in place, the Small Pink and Diamond Brooch pinned on, and her trusty handbag nearby, this is a reassuring image of The Queen that everybody knows so well. (A second shot can be seen here.)
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