Queen is our longest-serving monarch


undefinedThe Queen has become the longest-reigning monarch in British history. At around 5.30pm on Wednesday 9 September, 2015, she surpassed Queen Victoria's record of 63 years and 217 days. We ask you to give prayerful thanks for Her Majesty's long and faithful service.

Here is a collect for use after the collect of the day at Book of Common Prayer services …

Almighty God, who hast set our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth upon the throne of this realm, and given her to surpass all others in the years of her reign: Receive our heartfelt thanks for her service to her people, confirm and encourage her in the continuance of the same, and keep her in thy heavenly wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who took the form of a servant for our sake, and reigneth now in glory with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

And here is a modern-language prayer drawing on Philippians 2 …

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant, we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people, and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her: encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good, until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom. Amen.

Top picture of Her Majesty reproduced by kind permission of Arun Kataria

Below, the Queen on a visit to Birkenhead in 1991