Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-serving monarch when she passed the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
The Queen had officially reigned for 63 years and seven months at about 5.30pm yesterday.
The Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Geoff Pearson and Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North commended the Queen’s dedication and service, as well as her Christian faith.
Bishop Julian, the Diocesan Bishop, said: “To enter the record book as the longest serving monarch in these islands is worthy recognition of a life well-lived, and an example of faithfulness and commitment.”
Bishop Geoff of Lancaster used Her Majesty’s ‘local title’ in his priase. He said: “We salute the Duke of Lancaster and praise God for this milestone in her reign.”
While Bishop Philip added: “The Queen has been for over 60 years a role model of service, gentleness and generosity and has been faithful in her witness to Christ. We give thanks on this special day for all she has given to our nation.”
Yesterday Lytham’s Town Crier Colin Ballard joined the Bishop’s in their congratulations by crying a proclamation in Lytham and St Annes town centres.
Colin said:”The likelihood of this momentous event ever happening again is very, very rare.
“I read that Her Majesty isn’t proposing to celebrate as such. The proclamation in no way flies in the face of that - I wouldn’t do it, but does seek to assure her of our loyalty and appreciation for her service.”
Town crier hailed Queen’s long reign
Lytham Town crier Colin Ballard‘s proclaimation, said: “Rejoice today, for we mark and celebrate the remarkable achievement in that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is now Britain’s longest reigning Monarch.
“Since undertaking your duties on February 6, 1952, you have served our country with remarkable fortitude and aplomb.
“We salute you and are proud and honoured to present ourselves here today to thank you and proclaim your loyal and enduring commitment to our country. God save the Queen.”