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 The Royal Barge Gloriana leads a procession along the River Thames near Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 9, 2015 in London, England. The Queen will have served for 63 years and seven months - 23,226 days - by around 5.30pm today surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become Britain's longest ever reigning monarch

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The Royal Barge Gloriana leads a procession along the River Thames near Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch on Wednesday in London, England

EMARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 2301 GMT ...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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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her private audience room in Buckingham Palace, with one of her official red boxes. Queen Elizabeth II is planning to keep things low-key on Wednesday when she will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-serving monarch

 Smooth Harbour taken in Porthleven, Cornwall by Bernie Pettersen, which was the overall winner in a national photography competition to find the UK's best sea view

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Smooth Harbour taken in Porthleven, Cornwall by Bernie Pettersen, which was the overall winner in a national photography competition to find the UK’s best sea view

Steampunk enthusiasts arrive to attend the Asylum Steampunk festival on August 28, 2015 in Lincoln, England. The Asylum Steampunk Festival is the largest and longest running steampunk festival in the world and attracts participants from around the globe. During the weekend festival the picturesque and historic City of Lincoln is transformed by followers who attend. Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and literature that incorporates technology and clothing inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery

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Steampunk enthusiasts arrive to attend the Asylum Steampunk festival on Friday in Lincoln, England. The Asylum Steampunk Festival is the largest and longest running steampunk festival in the world and attracts participants from around the globe

Summer weather Aug 27th 2015...A faint Aurora can be seen over Bamburgh lighthouse in Northumberland the early hours of this morning. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 27, 2015

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A faint Aurora can be seen over Bamburgh lighthouse in Northumberland the early hours of this morning

The sun rises over Whitley Bay with the top of St Mary's lighthouse visible, as hot and humid air is expected to be pushed into northern Europe this weekend, including Britain, creating a "Spanish Plume"

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The sun rises over Whitley Bay with the top of St Mary’s lighthouse visible, as hot and humid air is expected to be pushed into northern Europe this weekend, including Britain, creating a “Spanish Plume”

A woman attacked by seagulls piece by Banksy, during the press view for the artist s biggest show to date, entitled 'Dismaland', at Tropicana in Western-super-Mare, Somerset.

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A woman attacked by seagulls piece by Banksy, during the press view for the artist’s biggest show to date, entitled ‘Dismaland’, at Tropicana in Western-super-Mare, Somerset

Members of the public arrive outside St Mary's Catholic Church on Thursday in Liverpool, England. Singer and TV host Cilla Black died at her home in Spain after a head injury caused by a fall

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Members of the public arrive outside St Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday in Liverpool, England. Singer and TV host Cilla Black died at her home in Spain after a head injury caused by a fall

Cricket - Fourth Investec Ashes Test - England v Australia - Day One - Trent Bridge...England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia's Adam Voges  during day one of the Fourth Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 6, 2015. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only no moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information

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England’s Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Australia‘s Adam Voges during day one of the Fourth Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The America's Cup...Sailing - The America's Cup - Portsmouth - 24/7/15  Land Rover BAR skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie (L) sail's against Team France (2nd L), Team Oracle USA (2nd R) and Artemis Racing during practice in Portsmouth

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Land Rover BAR skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie sail’s against Team France, Team Oracle USA and Artemis Racing during practice in Portsmouth in Americas cup practice

A Queen's Swan Upper holds a swan during the annual count of the Queen's swans on the river Thames in Middlesex in Staines on Thames, England, Monday

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A Queen’s Swan Upper holds a swan during the annual count of the Queen’s swans on the river Thames in Middlesex in Staines on Thames, England, Monday

Members of the public on a private tour make their way through rows of lavender  on the Lordington Lavender farm in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 14, 2015

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Members of the public on a private tour make their way through rows of lavender on Tuesday on the Lordington Lavender farm in West Sussex

Anti-foxhunting protesters let off flares outside the Houses of Parliament, London, as a vote to relax the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales has been postponed after the Scottish National Party's decision to take part in the division made defeat almost certain. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 14, 2015. The controversial vote, scheduled for Wednesday, would have brought the law south of the border in line with that in Scotland, where an unlimited number of dogs can be used to "flush out" a fox to be shot, compared to just two in England and Wales.

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Anti-foxhunting protesters let off flares outside the Houses of Parliament, London, as a vote to relax the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales has been postponed after the Scottish National Party’s decision to take part in the division made defeat almost certain on Tuesday

People relax in the sun as they queue to attend day 11 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2015 in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon is due to run for two weeks from Monday 29th June

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People relax in the sun as they queue to attend day 11 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Friday in London, England

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London...Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 9, 2015.

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Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Serena Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

Chancellor, George Osborne, leaves Downing street to deliver the Budget on Wednesday. The first Budget after the Conservative party won the General Election in May B

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Chancellor, George Osborne, leaves Downing street to deliver the Budget on Wednesday. The first Budget after the Conservative party won the General Election in May

Novak Djokovic celebrates a break of serve against Kevin Anderson during day Seven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 7, 2015

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Novak Djokovic celebrates a break of serve against Kevin Anderson during day Seven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and London Mayor Boris Johnson during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, in Hyde Park on July 7, 2015 in London, England. Today is the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, when four suicide bombers struck transport system in central London on Thursday 7 July 2005, killing 52 people and injuring more than 770 in simultaneous attacks

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British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7 2005 London bombings, in Hyde Park on Tuesday in London, England

Members of the emergency services take part in Exercise Strong Tower outside the disused Aldywch tube station on Surrey Street onTuesday in London, England.  The counter-terrorism training exercise will involve as many as 1,000 officers and will take place across the city until Wednesday afternoon

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Members of the emergency services take part in Exercise Strong Tower outside the disused Aldywch tube station on Surrey Street on Tuesday in London, England

A member of ground staff updates a fixtures board on day two of Wimbledon tennis tournament on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon is due to run for two weeks from Monday 29th June

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A member of ground staff updates a fixtures board on day two of Wimbledon tennis tournament on Tuesday in London, England. The 129th tournament to be hosted at Wimbledon is due to run for two weeks