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The Queen on Coronation Day, 2 June 1953, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition.

The Queen on Coronation Day, 2 June 1953, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition.

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File photo dated 07/09/55 of Queen Elizabeth II at Doncaster racecourse to see the St. Leger, an avid racing fan, she began riding lessons at the age of three and is known for her knowledge of thoroughbreds and breeding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 6, 2015. Queen Elizabeth II has been monarch for more than 63 years and is set to become Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 9. See PA story ROYAL Reign Photos. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

File photo dated 07/09/55 of Queen Elizabeth II at Doncaster racecourse to see the St. Leger, an avid racing fan, she began riding lessons at the age of three and is known for her knowledge of thoroughbreds and breeding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 6, 2015. Queen Elizabeth II has been monarch for more than 63 years and is set to become Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 9. See PA story ROYAL Reign Photos. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

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Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Collection Trust of the Eva Zielinska-Millar photograph showing the Queen with her Highland Ponies, Windsor 2006, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition.  The new photographic display celebrating the Queen's reign is to go on show at Buckingham Palace on the day she becomes the longest reigning monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. The Royal Collection announced that a special outdoor exhibition will appear at the Queen's London home, as well as at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on September 9. Long to Reign Over Us, which can be viewed by visitors to the palaces and castle, includes official portraits and images of the Queen from 1952 to the present day, as well as previously seen informal photographs of the monarch and her family. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Eva Zielinska-Millar/PA Wire

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NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXHIBITION, LONG TO REIGN OVER US. Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Collection Trust of the Eva Zielinska-Millar photograph showing the Queen with her Highland Ponies, Windsor 2006, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition. The new photographic display celebrating the Queen's reign is to go on show at Buckingham Palace on the day she becomes the longest reigning monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. The Royal Collection announced that a special outdoor exhibition will appear at the Queen's London home, as well as at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on September 9. Long to Reign Over Us, which can be viewed by visitors to the palaces and castle, includes official portraits and images of the Queen from 1952 to the present day, as well as previously seen informal photographs of the monarch and her family. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Eva Zielinska-Millar/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXHIBITION, LONG TO REIGN OVER US. 
Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Collection Trust of the Dorothy Wilding photograph showing the Queen, 26 February 1952, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition.  The new photographic display celebrating the Queen's reign is to go on show at Buckingham Palace on the day she becomes the longest reigning monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. The Royal Collection announced that a special outdoor exhibition will appear at the Queen's London home, as well as at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on September 9. Long to Reign Over Us, which can be viewed by visitors to the palaces and castle, includes official portraits and images of the Queen from 1952 to the present day, as well as previously seen informal photographs of the monarch and her family. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Dorothy Wilding/Royal Collection Trust/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE. CAN ONLY BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXHIBITION, LONG TO REIGN OVER US. Undated handout photo issued by the Royal Collection Trust of the Dorothy Wilding photograph showing the Queen, 26 February 1952, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition. The new photographic display celebrating the Queen's reign is to go on show at Buckingham Palace on the day she becomes the longest reigning monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. The Royal Collection announced that a special outdoor exhibition will appear at the Queen's London home, as well as at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, on September 9. Long to Reign Over Us, which can be viewed by visitors to the palaces and castle, includes official portraits and images of the Queen from 1952 to the present day, as well as previously seen informal photographs of the monarch and her family. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Dorothy Wilding/Royal Collection Trust/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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A handout photo taken in July 2015 by Mary McCartney and released by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2015, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she poses for a photograph at her desk in her private audience room in Buckingham Palace, with one of her official red boxes in which she recieves on an almost daily basis official correspondence from government ministers, her representatives accross the Commonwealth, and dignitaries further afield. Queen Elizabeth II is planning to keep things low-key on September 9, 2015, when she will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch, despite public interest in the historic date. According to calculations by royal officials, at around 1630 GMT Elizabeth will beat her great-great grandmother Victoria's time on the throne: a total of 63 years, seven months and two days which she served between 1837 and 1901.    AFP PHOTO / MARY MCCARTNEY / HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II


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EMARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 2301 GMT ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 A handout photo taken in July 2015 by Mary McCartney and released by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2015, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she poses for a photograph at her desk in her private audience room in Buckingham Palace, with one of her official red boxes in which she recieves on an almost daily basis official correspondence from government ministers, her representatives accross the Commonwealth, and dignitaries further afield. Queen Elizabeth II is planning to keep things low-key on September 9, 2015, when she will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch, despite public interest in the historic date. According to calculations by royal officials, at around 1630 GMT Elizabeth will beat her great-great grandmother Victoria's time on the throne: a total of 63 years, seven months and two days which she served between 1837 and 1901. AFP PHOTO / MARY MCCARTNEY / HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / MARY MCCARTNEY / HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II " -- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - EMARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 2301 GMT ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 -- IMAGE FREE OF CHARGE FOR USE FROM ONE CALENDAR MONTH FROM OCTOBER 9, 2015. FURTHER USE, ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 7, 2015 MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE FROM THE ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE +44 20 7930 4832HO/AFP/Getty Images

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Tuesday 8th September 2015: On Wednesday 9th September 2015, Her Majesty the Queen will become the longest reigning monarch in British history. To celebrate this historic occasion, The Royal Mint has commissioned a unique portrait of the Queen, using the 2015 effigy as inspiration. Created by artist Quentin Devine (pictured in this set), the portrait was produced on a grand scale (213.3cm x 183.4cm) and will be given to the Queen.

For further details please email lucy.kerr@hopeandglorypr.com or call
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Tuesday 8th September 2015: On Wednesday 9th September 2015, Her Majesty the Queen will become the longest reigning monarch in British history. To celebrate this historic occasion, The Royal Mint has commissioned a unique portrait of the Queen, using the 2015 effigy as inspiration. Created by artist Quentin Devine (pictured in this set), the portrait was produced on a grand scale (213.3cm x 183.4cm) and will be given to the Queen. For further details please email lucy.kerr@hopeandglorypr.com or call 07940 495 262 PR Handout - editorial usage only Copyright: ? Mikael Buck / The Royal Mint +44 (0) 782 820 1042 http://www.mikaelbuck.com

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406180 03:  Britain's Queen Elizabeth (R) and Prince Philip ride in the Golden State Carriage at the head of a parade from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee June 4, 2002 along The Mall in London.  (Photo by Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

406180 03: Britain's Queen Elizabeth (R) and Prince Philip ride in the Golden State Carriage at the head of a parade from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee June 4, 2002 along The Mall in London. (Photo by Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

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The Queen. NI visit 1949. Queen Elizabeth's visit to Northern Ireland. Queen Elizabeth. Visit. Coronation

Stylists Jane Anderson poses with the re-styled wax figure of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, during a photocall at Madame Tussauds in central London on September 7, 2015. The figure has been refreshed with a recreation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee dress, in time for September 9, when Queen Elizabeth will become the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Elizabeth II is planning to keep things low-key on the day she is set to overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch, despite public interest in the historic date. The queen will ride on a steam train in Scotland to inaugurate a new railway line and will host a dinner at Balmoral Castle with her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate in attendance.    AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Stylists Jane Anderson poses with the re-styled wax figure of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, during a photocall at Madame Tussauds in central London on September 7, 2015. The figure has been refreshed with a recreation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee dress, in time for September 9, when Queen Elizabeth will become the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Elizabeth II is planning to keep things low-key on the day she is set to overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch, despite public interest in the historic date. The queen will ride on a steam train in Scotland to inaugurate a new railway line and will host a dinner at Balmoral Castle with her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate in attendance. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

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(FILES) A file picture taken in London on May 12, 1937, shows King George VI (L), his wife Queen Elizabeth (R) and their daughters Princess Elizabeth (2nd R) and Princess Margaret (2nd L). Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September 2015, but will mark the occasion with the characteristic devotion to public duty that has typified her reign. AFP PHOTO / FILES-/AFP/Getty Images

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ROBIN MILLARD: (FILES) A file picture taken in London on May 12, 1937, shows King George VI (L), his wife Queen Elizabeth (R) and their daughters Princess Elizabeth (2nd R) and Princess Margaret (2nd L). Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September 2015, but will mark the occasion with the characteristic devotion to public duty that has typified her reign. AFP PHOTO / FILES-/AFP/Getty Images

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(FILES) A file picture taken on September 8, 1960, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) and her husband Prince Philip (2nd L) with their children Princess Anne (L), Prince Charles (R) and Prince Andrew (3rd L) at Balmoral in Scotland. Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September 2015, but will mark the occasion with the characteristic devotion to public duty that has typified her reign. AFP PHOTO/FILES-/AFP/Getty Images

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ROBIN MILLARD: (FILES) A file picture taken on September 8, 1960, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd R) and her husband Prince Philip (2nd L) with their children Princess Anne (L), Prince Charles (R) and Prince Andrew (3rd L) at Balmoral in Scotland. Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September 2015, but will mark the occasion with the characteristic devotion to public duty that has typified her reign. AFP PHOTO/FILES-/AFP/Getty Images

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Queen Elizabeth II and the Irish President Michael D Higgins arrive in a state carriage at Windsor Castle, on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. This is the first official visit by the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Queen Elizabeth II and the Irish President Michael D Higgins arrive in a state carriage at Windsor Castle, on April 8, 2014 in Windsor, England. This is the first official visit by the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The Queen on Coronation Day, 2 June 1953, part of the Long to Reign Over Us exhibition.

Church bells will ring out in Northern Ireland today as the Queen becomes our longest reigning monarch.

The Queen will pass the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who defined an era and left an indelible mark on 19th century British history.

The exact moment the Queen passes Victoria's milestone is not known as there is no precise time for the death of her father George VI, who passed away in the early hours of February 6, 1952.

But it is thought he probably died at 1am so at around 5.30pm the Queen will make history as Buckingham Palace has calculated she will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes, a few minutes longer than Victoria.

Normal business will be postponed in the House of Commons for half an hour from 11.30am to allow MPs to pay tribute to the head of state.

Special services will be held this evening at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast and St Columb's Cathedral in Londonderry at 5.30pm to mark the historic moment.

The heads of the Church of Ireland and Presbyterian Church have issued their congratulations to the Queen on her remarkable reign.

Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke expressed good wishes and thanks to the Queen.

"In marking this moment, it is an appropriate opportunity to express gratitude to the Queen for her faithful life of service and for her dedicated witness to the Christian faith throughout her long reign," he said.

Presbyterian moderator Ian McNie has written to the Queen on behalf of his church in Ireland to offer thanks for the "selfless and steadfast service that Your Majesty has given throughout those 63 years".

Bells will ring out across the world to mark the Queen's record reign from Westminster Abbey in London to Worcester Cathedral.

In Belfast the historic bells of St Bartholomew's Church of Ireland in Stranmillis will ring out.

These bells date back to the 14th century, and rung for the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558 in their former home, St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

The bells came to Stranmillis in 1938 and in 1945 proclaimed the final victory of the Allied Forces in the Second World War as well as the coronation of the Queen in 1952 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The Orange Order will celebrate the Queen's long reign by holding a celebratory parade on Sunday and a service at Kilcronaghan Parish Church, Tobermore.

Last night the Finance Minister Arlene Foster hosted an event in Parliament Buildings, Stormont to mark the record service of the Queen.

It was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Co Down, David Lindsay, and showcased a display of important artefacts which included a throne used by the Queen when she visited Parliament Buildings.

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