She may not be the longest reigning monarch, but today Her Majesty the Queen became the oldest monarch in British history. She is 81 years and 243 days old and this afternoon slipped past the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Because Victoria took the throne at only 18 years old, Her Majesty will have to wait in 2015 to become the longest reigning. Given her good health, she shouldn’t have a problem waiting. She’ll only be 89. Her mother lived to be 101.
All this means that the Prince of Wales, should he survive her, probably won’t reign for long. The Windsor men are not nearly as long-lived as the women.