Church service to mark longest-reigning monarch

A church service in Aylesbury Parish Church on Wednesday September 9 will mark the day The Queen becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

It will be hosted by Buckinghamshire County, Aylesbury Vale District and Aylesbury Town councils, and the civic leaders of each authority will do a reading.

Bishop of Buckingham the Rt Rev Alan Wilson will give an address at the service which will be led by the Rev Doug Zimmerman, Rector of Aylesbury.

The service, which starts at 4.30pm, and has seating for 500, will be open to residents.

Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, said that Buckingham Palace were not encouraging ‘Jubilee style’ celebrations for this occasion, and it will be a normal working day for the Queen.

The Palace are, however, working on a programme to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning of the 41 kings and queens of England since the Norman Conquest in 1066. She will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days.