06:22AM, Wednesday 09 September 2015
A new photograph of the Queen has been released to mark her becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Renowned photographer Mary McCartney took the photo at the private audience room at Buckingham Palace in July.
Today the Queen becomes the longest reigning UK monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years and 209 days.
She is seated at the same desk she has received Prime Ministers at for their weekly audiences, as well as other visiting heads of state and government.
She is pictured with one of her official red boxes, which she has received nearly every day of her reign, wherever she is in residence, including Windsor Castle.
This is part of her constitutional role as Head of State. The box contains papers from government ministers in the UK from representatives across the Commonwealth and beyond.
The documents are sent to the Queen in a locked red despatch box.
Her Majesty's box is embossed with the words 'The Queen' and she still receives documents in the boxes that were made upon her Coronation, which have been periodically refurbished to keep them in good condition.
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