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No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
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Friday, 14 December 2007

Old Queen Vickey

QUEEN VICTORIA'S TIME IS UP. Her Imperial Majesty's days as "Britain's" oldest sovereign are coming to an end. Our Noble Empress and Mother Monarch will make way next week for Queen Elizabeth, who will become older than the Victorian era, and step into the Britannic pantheon as the oldest monarch in the English-speaking people's thousand year history.

How about a toast for old Queen Vickey. Still the oldest Anglo monarch ever.


Lord Best said...

Do you need an excuse to toast Queen Victoria?
Personally I think the longest reign record is more important, and that still has nine years on the clock, I believe.

Beaverbrook said...

We will take every opportunity to toast her, and this is one of them.

Her time is not up though Marlborough, her reign as longest ever is the real benchmark to be broken, and I believe Her Majesty will do it.

Shaftesbury said...

Here's to the first Queen of the Dominion of Canada - but not the first King/Queen of British North America.

How many statues are there of her in Canada? More than we will ever know ...

J.K. Baltzersen said...


I don't know what kind of funny math they do at the Telegraph.

My math shows that Queen Victoria reached the age of 81 years and 243 days, a record which EII will touch on December 20. The record will thus be beaten on December 21, not December 22, as they seem to believe at the Telegraph.

Leap year days can be discarded in any case, because both monarchs have equal amounts. Queen Victoria has 1820 and 1824. EII does not have 1920 or 1924, since she was yet to be born. Queen Victoria does not have 1900 or 1904, since 1900 was not a leap year, and 1904 was beyond her lifetime. EII has the leap year days of 2000 and 2004.

Moreover, Queen Victoria was two days short of 81 years and 8 months. If we do the math that way, the days for touching and beating the record are December 19 and 20 respectively.

So how does the Telegraph do the math? Are they counting 1900 as a leap year?

Beaverbrook said...

Close enough, JKB. You will notice that I took this into account by stating at the top an expiration date of Dec 21. Unless Her Majesty passes away that day, there will be no need for meticulous math, as I'm sure she will break this record by a long shot.