Civic leaders in Huddersfield have joined in the tributes to the Queen.
They told of the importance of the Monarchy as the Sovereign makes history by becoming the longest reigning British monarch.
Today she will pass the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who, Buckingham Palace has calculated, reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.
On the day the milestone is reached normal business will be postponed in the Commons for half an hour from 11.30am to allow MPs to pay tribute to the head of state.
In Huddersfield the tributes were led by the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Paul Kane.
He said: “The Queen is a model of public service – even at my age, I cannot remember anybody else appearing on our money or our stamps.
“She has shown a truly lifelong dedication to the country and to the Commonwealth. She has been a constant in a time of massive change – we do nothing in the same way now as when she came to the throne 63 years ago. Yet she has overseen it all, through 12 prime ministers, tremendous times of celebration and desperate times of sadness.
See pictures of Queen Elizabeth II through the years below.
“We cannot claim to know her true thoughts as she keeps them close and is above politics, but as a monarch – here and throughout the Commonwealth – she seems as popular now as at any time during her reign and her achievements may never be matched. On behalf of all people in Kirklees, our heartfelt thanks goes out to her for her public service”.
Prof Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorksire, added his thoughts.
“The Queen has played a major role in ensuring the stability of the UK over more than six decades and if a country wants to be successful and prosperous, then it needs such stability. A strong sense of continuity with the past can play a big part, and The Queen has provided this, while continuing to adapt to the contours of modern society.
“The Monarchy also shows us that it is possible for a nation to combine a healthy reverence for its past with a progressive and dynamic outlook. This is symbolised by the relationship that the University of Huddersfield has with our newly-installed Chancellor, the Duke of York, and his interests in the encouragement of youth entrepreneurialism and the fundamental importance of science and technology education.
“Despite all the challenges and upheavals we have faced since the second half of the 20th century, the United Kingdom is still one of the best, most prosperous and widely-admired countries in the world. Her Majesty and her family deserve their share of the credit for this.”
Huddersfield Town Crier Vic Watson will proclaim the longest reign in The Piazza and Market Place tomorrow.
There has been speculation a celebratory private event is planned but it is understood that in keeping with the Queen’s business-as-usual approach Wednesday will be a normal working day for the monarch with no special dinner party.
See the Queen on her visits to Huddersfield down the years.
At this time of year the Queen is taking her traditional summer break at her private Scottish home of Balmoral.
But on the day she passes Victoria’s milestone, the monarch, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, will open the new Scottish Borders Railway and take a steam train ride on the new £294 million railway with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The capital will tomorrow enjoy celebrations marking the milestone with the BT Tower scrolling the message “Long May She Reign” throughout the day.
And the royal rowbarge Gloriana will join a flotilla of boats in a procession down the River Thames.
Tower Bridge will lift as a mark of respect and, as the procession passes HMS Belfast, a four-gun salute will sound out and the Massey Shaw fireboat will shoot jets of water into the air.
The Queen will pass Queen Victoria’s record and becomes the nation’s longest reigning monarch at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.
At this point she will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - but the exact moment she became Queen is hard to calculate as George VI died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning, possibly at around 1am.
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