Queen reigns for 25,000 days – see the ones she’s spent on Geordie soil

She’s our Queen and the nation’s longest serving monarch – and on Saturday Elizabeth II reached a huge milestone as she has now reigned for 25,000 days.

During those years she’s graced us on a string of occasions on Geordie soil and our photographers have been there to capture her visits.

And ChronicleLive has pulled together some of her pictures for our royal fans to enjoy.

Elizabeth II became sovereign on February 6 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI, when she just 25.

The Queen during a walkabout on Northumberland Street, in 2009
The Queen during a walkabout on Northumberland Street, in 2009
(Image: Dave Charlton)

She will have been monarch for 68 years, five months and 12 days by July 18, and in 2015 overtook the record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and some 30 minutes set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

When she became the country’s longest-serving monarch in 2015, she thanked the nation for its kind messages, but admitted that the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.

“Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception,” she remarked.

But it’s not unusual for the royals to come to the region.

The Queen opens the new Tyne Tunnel at Jarrow, October 1967
The Queen opens the new Tyne Tunnel at Jarrow, October 1967

The Queen has visited the Tyne Tunnel,Gateshead and Sunderland over the years.

And she attended a private lunch in Durham as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

She drew huge crowds on Northumberland Street in Newcastle city centre in 2009.

She visited the city to mark the ceremonial opening of the Great North Museum.

Royals fans waving Union flags lined the barriers as the Queen’s Rolls Royce rolled in and she stepped out to meet them.

The Queen also made an appearance in Alnwick in 2011.

HRH and Prince Philip were guests of honour at the Duchess of Northumberland’s now annual garden party.

Over the decades she’s been a regular to our region. And in October 1967 she officially opened the vehicle Tyne Tunnel.

The Queen is today marking her milestone at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh and the “HMS Bubble” of staff who have been running the couple’s reduced household.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen is spending the day privately.”

The Queen inspects the Durham Light Infantry guard of honour at Durham Castle in 2008
The Queen inspects the Durham Light Infantry guard of honour at Durham Castle in 2008

The milestone falls the day after the monarch welcomed Captain Sir Tom Moore to Windsor for a special investiture.

The 100-year-old fundraiser was knighted by the Queen for raising millions for NHS charities.

The Queen, at the age of 94, has been seen riding at Windsor during lockdown and celebrated both her actual and official birthdays, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh turning 99.

She is less than two years away from celebrating her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – in 2022.

The Queen reached her Silver Jubilee in 1977, Golden one in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The monarch has been a figure of continuity as her country changed through the 20th century, the Millennium and into the 21st century amid new technological and social advances and a succession of British governments.

During the seven decades of her reign, man has landed on the Moon, Britain got its first, then second, female prime minister, the internet was invented, and gay marriage was legalised in the UK.

The public has looked to the Queen in times of tragedy – the September 11 terror attacks, the London bombings, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and more recently during the coronavirus crisis.

But even she confessed of the global Covid-19 pandemic: “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.”

The Queen has delivered two rare televised addresses to the nation just weeks apart during lockdown.

She reassured the country that the virus would be overcome, telling those in isolation: “We will meet again.”

In another speech to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, she told how the message at the end of the war in Europe was “never give up, never despair”.

As well as being the longest-reigning monarch in British history, the Queen is also the longest still-serving sovereign and wealthiest Queen in the world, and the oldest British monarch.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland