Queen Elizabeth II, now the longest reigning British monarch in history (Special video)

On Wednesday, September 9, Queen Elizabeth II officially becomes longest reigning British monarch in history, with 63 years and 217 days. The 89-year-oldQueen has overtaken the record set by Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother. This special report by Conor McNally of ODN tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II, when it all began in 1953.

Millions of people lined the streets of Westminster Abbey in England at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Her Majesty had ascended the throne at 25 years of age in 1952, but she was not always destined to be queen, says the report, as her father George VI had become the King only after the abdication of his elder brother. George VI died young at 56.

Queen Elizabeth II took to her job pretty easily and with grace. And much like our prime minister Narendra Modi, began travelling around the globe like no head of state had. The Queen became a favourite in Great Britain soon, but went through difficult times in the 1990s and early 2000s. But she, along with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has survived the political and personal turmoil in the family, and she continues her reign.

Watch this video for a special story on Queen Elizabeth II.