Celebrating our Queen becoming the longest-serving British monarch

Wednesday 9 September 2015

At 5.30 pm on Wednesday 9 September 2015, Her Majesty the Queen became the longest-serving British monarch, her reign passing that of Queen Victoria.

To celebrate this historic milestone, John Casson organised a series of village events, including a garden-party high tea with live music and a commemorative dinner, both of which were hosted at The Ship Inn in Portloe, Cornwall, the village where he resides.


For the Queen on this landmark day, it was business as usual, despite her breaking the record held for more than a century by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, who reigned for more than 63 years – or 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes, to be precise.

Her Majesty the Queen spent the day by attending the opening of the Scottish Borders RailwayThe Queen made the journey between Edinburgh and Tweedbank on a section of line that was reopened and used for the first time since its closure as part of the Beeching reforms in 1969. The Queen was accompanied by Nicola Sturgeon, Chief Minister of Scotland.

Over 80 people attended the party in the garden of The Ship Inn, which was decorated with the Union flag and bunting. The high tea was prepared by the Portloe pop-up tea shop, and many local people and businesses sponsored different aspects of the event. The weather was very kind for the afternoon and there was a great atmosphere, with everyone enjoying themselves.

St Austell Brewery sponsored the champagne for the toast, which took place at 5.30 pm, marking the moment The Queen passed the milestone. This was followed by hearty singing of the national anthem, played by local band Jacka Jazz, and then three cheers for Her Majesty.

In the evening a ‘best of British’ dinner attended by 30 people was held at The Ship Inn, which was decorated in honour of our monarch.

The two events raised a total of £525, which was donated to Cornwall Air Ambulance.