Passing the Milestone: Her Majesty Becomes the Longest Reigning Sovereign in Canada’s Modern Era

Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on Canada Day, 2010

At around 5:30 p.m. UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on September 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning sovereign in Canada’s modern era, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. At her death on January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria had reigned 23,226 days 16 hours and 23 minutes.

Her Majesty ascended the Throne sometime during the night of January 6, 1952. Sadly, the precise time of the death of her father King George VI is not known because he died in his sleep. However, taking this into account and including leap years in the calculation, Buckingham Palace has indicated that on the evening of September 9, 2015 Her Majesty will have reigned 23,226 days 16 hours and 30 minutes.

This anniversary will be marked in Canada by a special event hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on September 9, 2015, at Rideau Hall. A commemorative coin (Royal Canadian Mint), a stamp (Canada Post) and a $20 bank note (Bank of Canada) will be unveiled on this occasion. The Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners will also be holding similar events in their jurisdictions on and around September 9. Activities will include posting messages on websites and social media, presiding over medals ceremony, hosting receptions at Government House, attending commemorative church services, and visiting schools and community centres.

Her Majesty The Queen unveils the Diamond Jubilee stained glass window marking the reigns of Her Majesty and Queen Victoria at Rideau Hall


A special edition of the Government of Canada’s education booklet – A Crown of Maples – was distributed across the country, including to our newest citizens at citizenship ceremonies.

A stained glass window marking the reigns of Her Majesty and Queen Victoria was unveiled in 2010. It has been installed in the foyer of the Senate.

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