Portsmouth celebrates the Queen’s record-breaking reign

Brazilian students Stephanie Silva, 21, left, and Benny Franciss, 21, right. They are in their second year of architecture at the University of Portsmouth. They were watching the big screen in Guildhall.
Brazilian students Stephanie Silva, 21, left, and Benny Franciss, 21, right. They are in their second year of architecture at the University of Portsmouth. They were watching the big screen in Guildhall.

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FOREIGNERS and Portsmouth locals alike have united in celebrating the Queen’s record-breaking reign on the throne.

Today, Queen Elizabeth II clinched the title of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, having held the top job for 63 years and seven months.

And the 89-year-old monarch has proven popular in Portsmouth, with well-wishers praising her momentous milestone.

John Nicholls, 69, of Christ Church, was visiting Portsmouth to celebrate the Queen’s reign, with his friends.

He was travelling to No Man’s Island to enjoy a special royal-themed day of fun. He said: ‘We think it’s amazing that she has lasted so long. She is a marvellous ambassador for the Commonwealth and long may she reign.’

Jessica Morris, 63, of Petersfield was born on the very year the Queen ascended to the throne.

Reacting to the monarch’s new record, she said: ‘Naturally we’re thrilled. As a person she is just so lovely. Her dedication to duty which is first and foremost for her, is wonderful. We love having her as a constant presence.’

Student Meghan Bartock arrived in Portsmouth yesterday from her home in New York.

The 20-year-old, who will be studying History at the University of Portsmouth, has just finished reading an autobiography of the former longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria.

She said: ‘For her to have been the longest reigning monarch is just amazing.

Janice A'Court, 68, of Bishop Street, Portsea was watching the wall-to-wall coverage of the Queen on the big screen in Guildhall

Janice A'Court, 68, of Bishop Street, Portsea was watching the wall-to-wall coverage of the Queen on the big screen in Guildhall

‘It’s so important to me as a woman and because in American all our leaders our men.

‘So I think it’s extremely special that you have a queen and the fact that she has been ruling for as long as she has.’

At Guildhall, the big screen has been playing wall-to-wall coverage of the Queen’s celebrations.

Grandmother-of-eight, Janice A’Court, of Bishop Street, Portsea, was one of those watching the big screen.

University of Portsmouth history student Meghan Bartock, 20, from New York

University of Portsmouth history student Meghan Bartock, 20, from New York

The 68-year-old said: ‘It’s absolutely amazing, brilliant, fantastic — and any other adjective I can use.

‘I think she is a marvellous woman and a wonderful Queen.’

Also in Guildhall were Benny Franciss, 21, and her friend, Stephanie Silva, 21.

The pair are both from Brazil and are second year architecture students at the University of Portsmouth.

Benny said: ‘I think it’s amazing. It’s really good she has been a monarch for so long. It’s better than our country — it’s a democracy there and every four years we change president. It’s not as stable.

‘So for the UK to have been with one monarch for so long makes it much more stable.’

Jessica Morris, 63, of Petersfield

Jessica Morris, 63, of Petersfield

Stephanie added: ‘The Queen has been doing great work here. We like her and we’re waiting to go to London and maybe see her. That’s the hope.’

The previous longest-reigning monarch was the Queen’s great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

John Nicholls, 69, of Christchurch

John Nicholls, 69, of Christchurch