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At 5.30pm today the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months and becomes the longest reigning monarch, beating the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

In 2003 The Queen visited Havering after being invited by a 14 year old boy called George Barlow, he was disappointed that the Queen had been unable to see the celebrations held in Romford for her Golden Jubilee the year. So he wrote to ask if the Queen would visit that year and was surprised when she said “yes”.

The Queen’s visit included a trip to The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and later to Romford Market where she was greeted by crowds of well-wishers waving Union Jack Flags

Traders will join forces to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen becoming Great Britain’s longest reigning monarch on Saturday in Romford Market, including music provided by the Hornchurch Drum and Trumpet Corps, along with the Town Crier, on-street entertainers and performers. There will also be free face painting, fairground rides and a bouncy castle.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Robert Benham, said:

“Saturday is always a great day in Romford Market with lots of stalls, food outlets and fun but this Saturday promises to be spectacular as we celebrate Her Majesty becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

“As we know from the St George’s Day events each year Romford Market Traders are a very patriotic group and I am sure they will be celebrating this unique occasion in true Romford Market style.”

That was 12 years ago and so we wonder if it’s time for another visit to Hornchurch for The Queen?

Photo by Michael Gwyther-Jones