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Countdown to the Queen becoming our longest-reigning monarch - and how you can get a copy of our special Norfolk tribute

09:52 08 September 2015

Stylists Jane Anderson (left) and Luisa Compabassi put the finishing touches to a wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a recreation of her diamond jubilee dress, at Madame Tussauds, London, to mark the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. Picture:: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Stylists Jane Anderson (left) and Luisa Compabassi put the finishing touches to a wax figure of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a recreation of her diamond jubilee dress, at Madame Tussauds, London, to mark the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. Picture:: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Norfolk people will celebrate their special relationship with the Queen tomorrow, as she becomes our longest-ever reigning monarch.

How you can get a Royal tribute

The Eastern Daily Press and Evening News share one of the country’s finest newspaper archives.

It covers Royal occasions and visits to the region from the Queen’s early years to the present day.

We have been through reports and pictures dating back nine decades, choosing a unique collection to mark Elizabeth II’s incredible milestone.

It documents her childhood at Sandringham with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, to the christening of Princess Charlotte.

Gamekeepers stand in solemn vigil around King George VI’s coffin, in Sandringham Church, while in happier times, the Queen greets young wellwishers outside the church on Christmas Day.

Long To Reign Over Us goes on sale from today, priced £9.95. Copies will be available from our main office Prospect House in Rouen Road, Norwich, from today, along with our branch offices at Cromer, Dereham, Diss, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

From Wednesday, the glossy tribute will be available from newsagents across the region where the EDP and Evening News are on sale.

At around 5.30pm, she will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes, beating Queen Victoria’s record.

The momentous occasion is being marked by Long to Reign Over Us, a glossy tribute covering the Queen’s reign in pictures, being published by the EDP and Evening News today.

Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk council, said tomorrow would be a special day for the county.

“I am sure it will bring mixed emotions to our older residents who in celebrating the Queen’s achievement will also recall the Queen’s father, King George, and his war time leadership and final departure from Sandringham,” he said.

“I believe the Royal family cherish their Norfolk connections, as much as we do, and indeed my colleagues and I have been privileged to meet Her Majesty on several occasions in King’s Lynn.

“She is truly remarkable and we were especially honoured when the Queen chose to spend her accession day at the start of her Diamond Jubilee year in West Norfolk - visiting our Town hall and spending time with members of our community and local school children.

“In celebrating this special relationship we are honoured that the new generation of the Royal Family - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Anmer in West Norfolk as their family home and the place to bring up Prince George and Princess Charlotte.”

The Queen, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, will mark her milestone by taking a steam train ride on the new Scottish Borders Railway.

In London the royal rowbarge Gloriana will join a flotilla of boats in a procession down the River Thames to mark the day the Queen becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

At midday on Wednesday September 9 the vessels will set off east from Tower Bridge, sounding their horns for one minute in tribute to the sovereign.

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.

Members of the Royal family are not expected to attend. A spokeswoman for the event, which is part of the Totally Thames festival, said: “The word from the Palace is that it’s not a prominent celebration for the Queen. This is a few members of the public who wanted to show their support.”

The Queen’s family will be carrying out a range of engagements around the country.

The Duchess of Cornwall is going behind the scenes of This Morning when she visits the ITV studios to celebrate the channel’s 60th anniversary, while the Princess Royal is opening the International Marine Purchasing Association exhibition and conference in London, before heading to South Yorkshire for a charity raceday at Doncaster Racecourse and a visit to Doncaster’s Wabtec Rail Heavy Engineering Rail Maintenance Facility Works. The Earl of Wessex is visiting a youth art centre in Halifax, before going to a ballet in Leeds, while the Countess of Wessex has a reception at The Royal Society in London. Prince Charles is filming a documentary with TV presenters Ant and Dec.

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