By Ninder Kaur

 

The Queen may have been celebrating one of the most historic days of her reign as the longest-serving monarch but it was business as usual as she visited the new railway in Edinburgh.

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Today marks the day that Queen Elizabeth’s reign goes beyond that of her grandmother Victoria’s 63 years and 216 days.Paying tribute to Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother whose record she has broken, Elizabeth was seen wearing a bow brooch that was passed down to her by the late Victorian monarch.

Buckingham Palace has calculated that Queen Victoria reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes, and the Queen is due to officially pass that record at about 5:30pm on Wednesday.

She and Prince Philip, arrived in Edinburgh to open a new railway line.   They were both accompanied by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and 150 selected guests, boarded the Union of South Africa steam train and travelled in style to Tweedbank station.

The Queen was opening the Borders Railway, the UK’s biggest new domestic railway for more than a decade that cost approximately £294million to build.

Princess Elizabeth became Queen when she was only 25 years of age, on 6 February 1952, after her father died.