Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, or The Queen if you’re up against it time and memory wise, becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch at tea time today. We asked some of our lovely Standard Issue illustrators to get inspired by the occasion.
By anyone’s standards, spending 63 years and seven months in the same job is an achievement.
Maybe not one any of us would fancy… maybe not one which everyone thinks was necessary… but an achievement nonetheless.
Today (9 September) at around 5.30pm, Queen Elizabeth II (‘Lillibet’ to her mates; ‘Cabbage’ to her husband. Straight up) becomes the UK’s longest reigning monarch.
She takes the title from Queen Victoria (‘Chuckles’) who took to the throne on 20 June 1837 and remained there until her death on 22 January 1901. That was 22,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes of nonstop Queendom right there.
The word on the Mall is that there won’t be any official events or celebrations to mark the occasion today, although one would hope someone gets her a bunch of flowers and a box of Matchmakers, but we thought it’d be nice to do something.
So, we commissioned three of our smashing illustrators to respond to the news that we have a new record breaker in Buckingham Palace, via their sketchbooks.
Here’s what they came up with. Feel free to share your artistic responses @StandardIssueUK.