The Queen’s record-breaking feat of becoming the longest-serving British monarch has been marked by the regional press.
Daily titles across the country have celebrated the milestone, which she passes today, on their front pages and in souvenir supplements produced for the occasion.
Among them was the Yorkshire Post, which splashed on the event, pictured below, and ran a front page opinion piece saluting her reign.
The Post said the significance of Elizabeth II breaking the record of her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria “should not be downplayed”.
Its editorial reads: “Long may she reign over us happily and gloriously in the quiet style that has enriched so many lives since a young and poised Princess Elizabeth promised to the Empire in 1947, prior to the formation of the Commonwealth and five years before she succeeded to the throne following King George VI’s death, ‘to declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong’.”
“Unlike so many ‘here today and gone tomorrow’ politicians – the Queen’s reign has spanned a dozen prime ministers and USA presidents to date – she has never deviated from this article of faith.
“And, while she has studiously remained above politics, and in marked contrast to Queen Victoria’s example, Her Majesty has presided over six decades of immense change, not just in the world, but also how the Royal Family has inter-acted with the public while also responding to the endless demands of the modern media.”
The milestone was also splashed on by the Newport-based South Wales Argus, pictured below.
An accompanying editorial reads: “(The Queen) is still held in great affection by so many.
“A quick look through our picture archive and the images drawn from the many visits she made to South Wales over the past six decades illustrates that all too clearly.
“Each time people turned out not in their hundreds, but in their thousands for the chance to catch a glimpse of their monarch.
“We firmly believe that the debate about the role of the Monarchy in modern Britain will not really take hold until Queen Elizabeth passes on the reins to her son and heir Prince Charles.
“Then and only then will the arguments really take hold.”
The 164-page glossy tribute covers royal events and visits to the region from the Queen’s early days to the present day.
It contains nine decades of reports and pictures from the titles’ archives.
The book, pictured left, was compiled by royal correspondent Chris Bishop, with research done by librarian Rosemary Dixon and design by graphic journalist Annette Hudson.
Editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover said: “As the nation celebrates her incredible reign, we have even more reason to look back with pride in Norfolk.
“For our two daily newspapers hold an archive unlike any other, thanks to the work of generations of photographers and writers.
“Their modern counterparts have been through our incredible collection, which covers everything from candid moments to grand occasions, from the depths of mourning to the joy of a new arrival.
“We have chosen some of the very best pictures to illustrate this tribute.
“In so many ways, her Majesty has been, for so many millions, a mother to the realm we hold so dear – and that is why I dedicate this book to her reign and utterly astonishing devotion to the nation.”
Daily newspapers across Newsquest also ran a 24-page supplement marking the occasion.