Răspuns: modestia. Regina Victoria nu şi-a sărbătorit recordul de domnie stabilit la 23 septembrie 1896. M.S. Regina Elisabeta a II-a urmează exemplul marii sale înaintaşe pentru propriul record de domnie din 9 septembrie 2015. Va fi sărbătorit, însă, Jubileul de 90 de ani ai Majestăţii Sale Regina, din 21 aprilie 2016 – sperăm că la fel de fastuos precum Jubileul de 60 de ani de domnie a Reginei Victoria din 1897.
Long live the Queen!
„Victoria set her record on September 23 1896. “Today is the day I have reigned longer, by a day, than any English sovereign,” she recorded in her journal. The sovereign she had in mind was her grandfather George III. By then, Victoria was regarded by the majority of her subjects with something close to idolatry. […] Their reaction was not one Victoria herself desired or encouraged. In 1896 she insisted she wanted no sort of demonstration ahead of the festivities of her Diamond Jubilee. […]
Like her great-great-grandmother before her, Elizabeth II has requested there be no celebrations on September 9. Her attitude is shaped by respect for her formidable predecessor. The Queen is said to hope that, if the event is marked at all, it is done so reverently, with no spirit of triumphalism and no suggestion that what is being celebrated is Victoria’s death. Instead palace officials are at work on the programme for the Queen’s ninetieth birthday next April.”
The longest reigns in British history
Edward III: January 25 1327 to June 21 1377, 50 years 147 days. Born 1312, died 1377, age 64
Henry III: October 18 1216 to November 16 1272: 56 years 29 days. Born 1207, died 1272, age 65.
James VI of Scotland, later James I of England: King of Scotland July 24 1567 to March 27 1625: 57 years, 246 days. Born 1566, died 1625, age 59
George III: October 25 1760 to January 29 1820: 59 years 96 days. Born, 1738, died 1820, age 81
Queen Victoria: June 20 1837 to January 22 1901: 63 years 216 days. Born, 1819, died 1901, age 81