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Long to reign over us - St Paul's marks HM The Queen becoming longest-serving monarch

The day on which HM The Queen becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch will be marked at St Paul's.

On Wednesday 9 September, a service of Choral Evensong will feature music and prayers to mark the special day on which her reign goes past that of her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

The Cathedral Choir will sing Byrd's O Lord, make Elizabeth thy servant, originally written for Queen Elizabeth I and Handel's coronation anthem The King shall rejoice.

All are welcome to attend this service, which begins at 5pm.


The Queen has been a regular visitor to St Paul's over the years, attending great acts of worship such as her Silver Jubilee in 1977, her Golden Jubilee in 2002, and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

She also leads the nation in acts of remembrance and commemoration here, most recently in March to mark the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan and to commemorate those who died in that conflict. She will be here in June next year to celebrate her 90th birthday. 

Every day, at Evensong, we pray for her and give thanks for her Christian faith and her life of duty and service to this nation and to the world at large.


HM Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952 and was crowned on 2 June 1953.

As a constitutional monarch, she provides a focus for unity beyond party political affiliation.

Following each general election in the United Kingdom, she summons the leader of the largest party in parliament and invites him or her to form a government in her name.

She is also Head of the Commonwealth which makes her a figurehead in a total of 53 nations, including 16 of which she is Queen and Head of State, comprising 2.2 billion people.

As a result of the Act of Supremacy of 1534 following the Church in England’s break from Rome, reaffirmed in 1559, she is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a symbolic role which articulates the Church of England’s status as the established or state church in England. 

The opening of the Diamond Jubilee service in 2012