Londoners are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as she becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch in history. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Bells ring out at London's Westminster Abbey...as Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. She was just 25 when she took the throne on February 6, 1952. And now at 89, has been queen for more than 63 years. It's an acheivement many Britons are proud of. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JAMES WHEELER, SAYING: "It is a wonderful record. It is a wonderful record of service and continuity and it is a happy day for us all I suppose." But not everyone agrees. Graham Smith is part of a group campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESPERSON FOR REPUBLIC, A PRESSURE GROUP CAMPAIGNING FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE MONARCHY, GRAHAM SMITH, SAYING: "People don't last in public office that long unless there is something wrong with the constitution or something wrong with the political climate and culture. I think in Britain's case there is something wrong with both." But the Queen's opponents were in the minority as she spent the landmark day once again, doing her duty...this time, opening a new railway line in Tweedbank, Scotland. Even so, she did find time to offer thanks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) QUEEN ELIZABETH II, SAYING: "Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones, my own is no exception. But I thank you all, and the many others - at home and at overseas - for your touching messages of great kindness." The day was also marked with a four-gun salute and a flotilla of boats down the River Thames, as the Queen began the next chapter of her reign.