Longest Reigning Monarch 2015
On 6 February 1952, upon the death of her father King George VI, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne. She was aged just 25. The Britain of those early post-war years was a very different place to the country we know today, reminding us that The Queen’s reign spans a period of incredible social change. She was the monarch who awarded The Beatles their MBEs in 1965, opened the iconic Sydney Opera House in 1973, received the first ever visit to these shores by a reigning pope in 1982 and opened both the National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Parliament in 1999. She has been a reassuring, familiar and constant presence in British life through each new passing decade.
The celebrations of 9 September 2015, as Her Majesty became our longest reigning monarch, were kept deliberately low-key in respect of The Queen’s wishes. This elegant silver £20 coin, featuring a debut United Kingdom coin design by Stephen Taylor, a member of The Royal Mint’s design studio, is an excellent way to mark the occasion, recognising one very special woman’s unwavering commitment to duty.