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British High Commission Kampala marks royal milestone

High Commissioner and staff celebrate Queen Elizabeth becoming UK’s longest serving monarch

On 9 September 2015, HM Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest serving monarch, surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. At the British High Commission in Kampala, the High Commissioner HE Alison Blackburne and her staff marked the day with specially-prepared “crown” cakes at the High Commission.

British High Commissioner HE Alison Blackburne (L) and Deputy High Commissioner Mary Shockledge (R).
British High Commissioner HE Alison Blackburne (L) and Deputy High Commissioner Mary Shockledge (R).

Marking this royal milestone in East Africa has special significance. On 6 February 1952, the then Princess Elizabeth was staying in East Africa when she received news of her father’s death and her own accession to the throne.

Millions of people across Britain and around the world are today marking the historic moment when Queen Elizabeth becomes our longest serving monarch. Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe. It is only right that today we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country