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  • According to the palace, Queen Elizabeth II has sat for more than 130 official portraits over her reign. This image, released to mark her record-breaking achievement as the longest reigning monarch in British history, is credited to Mary McCartney. Image source : www.gannett-cdn.com
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How Jim Corbett and Paul McCartney’s daughter marked a record-breaking day in the life of Queen Elizabeth II

Posted by: Liveinstyle on September 10, 2015

Today (September 9), at just past 4 pm London time, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history — surpassing a record formerly held by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria. To mark the milestone, The LUXE could perhaps highlight prodigious moments selected from Her Majesty’s 63-year and six-month reign, but we’re doing exactly the opposite. 

Instead of harping on about the Queen (who is herself choosing not to mark this historic day with any additional bells and whistles), we’d like to mention two other personalities who have come to be associated with the long-serving monarch. 

The first is a lady with a weighty lineage of her own, though quite incomparable to the Queen. Mary McCartney — the eldest child of former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney — is the photographer responsible for the official portrait handed out by the palace to mark the occasion today. Being selected for this coveted assignment catapults Mary into the limelight, where her father and fashion designer sister Stella McCartney have already carved a comfortable niche for themselves. “Ever mindful of symbolic resonance, the British picked a historic name — McCartney — to mark a queen’s historic reign,” says USA Today. We could not have said it better. 

Eloquence and this mastery of words bring us to our second personality associated with the Queen — someone who is much closer to home for us in India. 
When King George VI died in 1952, naming Elizabeth II as his successor, she was in fact holidaying at the Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park, Kenya. Nainital-born naturalist Jim Corbett was amongst her hosts on this day, and later marked the young Queen’s ascension with this note in the Kenyan hotel’s guest book: “For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess, and… climbed down from the tree the next day a Queen.”

Sixty three long years later, Corbett’s words still elicit a wry smile.