Royal visit for Doncaster as Queen becomes longest serving monarch

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Doncaster is set for a royal visit to its racecourse and railway works tomorrow on the day the Queen become Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

The Queen’s family will be sticking to their pre-existing commitments around the country as they carry out a busy day of engagements.

The Princess Royal is opening the International Marine Purchasing Association exhibition and conference in London, before heading to South Yorkshire for a charity raceday at Doncaster Racecourse and a visit to Doncaster’s Wabtec Rail Heavy Engineering Rail Maintenance Facility Works.

The visit comes at the start of the borough’s St Leger Festival, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday.

The Queen, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, will mark her milestone by opening the new Scottish Borders Railway and taking a steam train ride on the new £294 million railway.

The Queen will pass Queen Victoria’s record and becomes the nation’s longest reigning monarch at around 5.30pm on Wednesday. At this point she will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes - but the exact moment she became Queen is hard to calculate as George VI died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning, possibly at around 1am.