It’s been 23,226 days since February 6 1952, when Elizabeth II took over from her father George VI when he died while she was in Kenya with Prince Philip.
Just after 5pm on Wednesday 9 September, she will break the record set by her great great grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned between 1837 and 1901.
Minster resident Betty Boswell remembers hearing of the King’s death.
She said: “I was in primary school at the time, standing in the queue to see my needlework teacher to show him my work.
“I was expecting him to undo it and order me to do it again. I had just got to the front when the headmaster walked in to say the King had died.
“It put everyone into a bit of a trance including my teacher who then undid my work and patched up the hem before handing it back to me.
“I remember thinking thank god the King has died, it’s just saved me a job.”
The 72-year-old, who was made an MBE in 2010 for services to the community, met Prince Charles but there’s no doubt which royal is her favourite.