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HM The Queen to become longest reigning monarch - churches asked to mark occasion

PUBLISHED: 15:43 04 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:43 04 September 2015

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HM The Queen will become the longest ever reigning monarch in British history on September 9 2015. At approximately 5.30pm she will pass the record set by her great-great-Grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.

To mark this occasion churches from across Berkshire have been asked to ring their bells, especially at the time Her Majesty passes Queen Victoria’s record. It is hoped that many churches will take part even if it is not possible for them to ring at the exact time of 5.30pm.

Mr James Puxley, Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, says: “The idea is that people on hearing bells ringing during that evening will realise why they are being rung and will rejoice in gratitude at the immense service Her Majesty has performed for this country which now continues longer than any of her predecessors.”

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