Sep 082015
 

Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.

Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.

Queen of Australia

When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.

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VISITS TO AUSTRALIA BY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1954 – 2011

1954
Eight months after her coronation, the new Queen becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia
1963
The Queen commemorates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Canberra
1970
The Queen marks the bi-centenary of Captain James Cook’s journey up the east coast of Australia with the inauguration of The Captain James Cook Memorial
1973
The Queen officially opens Sydney Opera House
1974
The Queen opens Australian Parliament in Canberra
1977
The Queen undertakes her Silver Jubilee Royal Tour
1980
The Queen opens the new High Court of Australia building in Canberra
1981
The Queen attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne
1982
The Queen opens the new National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
1986
The Queen signs the Proclamation for the Australia Act which makes Australian law independent of British parliaments and courts
1988
The Queen opens new Parliament House in Canberra, takes part in bicentenary celebrations, and attends World Expo Brisbane
1992
The Queen marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Sydney
2000
The Queen undertakes her first tour since the 1999 referendum on Australia’s Head of State
2002
The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane
2006
The Queen opens the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
2011
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth and attends the ‘big Aussie barbie’ with tens of thousands of people on the city foreshore
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Australian Coin Tributes

The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.

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  • 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
  • 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
  • 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.

Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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