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Elizabeth will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch on Sept 9

She will beat great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's more than 63 years

"It is a job for life," the 89-year-old Queen Elizabeth once said, and unlike some European monarchs recently, and even a pope, she is not expected to abdicate.


QUEEN Elizabeth, who rallied support for the monarchy despite presiding over what was once known as the world's most famous dysfunctional family, next month becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

She never expected to take the throne and only did so because her uncle