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Queen Elizabeth II set to become longest-reigning monarch in UK

Queen Elizabeth II is on track to become the longest reigning monarch in British history. Her 63-year reign will break the record of Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother.

The queen’s royal aides say that she does not plan to make a big deal out of the occasion. “It’s business as usual,” a spokesman for Buckingham Palace told Wall Street Journal. “She’s not celebrating at all,” the spokesman added.

Though she does not want to celebrate her extraordinary years, a portrait will be released on Tuesday to commemorate her. The photo was taken by photographer Mary McCartney, the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, according to PEOPLE.

 “Having grown up during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, it was a thrill to meet her and a very great privilege to take her photo on this historic occasion,” McCartney told PEOPLE. She added that McCartney “is a truly inspirational person, a trailblazer and a beacon for womankind.”

McCartney is only one of many fans of Queen Elizabeth II. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that “over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe.”

Only four other British kings and queens have reigned for more than 50 years. Royal historian and commentator Hugo Vickers said that someone has to be “a certain age to remember a time when she wasn’t the queen.”

According to a poll in the Sunday Times this week, Britons think the queen is the country’s best monarch. She ranks above both Elizabeth I and Victoria.

All the love has pushed her to undertake an official engagement in Scotland where she usually spends her summer holiday, Reuters reports. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said that she might even make a rare public speech afterward.

At 89, Queen Elizabeth II has lived longer than any of her predecessors. She has experienced everything from postwar recovery to the tragic death of Princess Diana.  She has also seen 12 prime ministers, including Winston Churchill. To put the length of her reign into perspective, there have been 12 U.S. Presidents from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

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Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com