Duty and Destiny: Queen Elizabeth II

The Dundas Museum and Archives to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II as the Longest Reigning British Monarch

The Dundas Museum and Archives will host an honorary temporary exhibition entitled Duty and Destiny from September 9 to September 16, as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who, on September 9, will become the longest reigning monarch in British History.

On Sept. 23, 1896, Queen Victoria marked a momentous day in her journal: “Today is the day on which I have reigned longer by a day than any English sovereign.” Churches rang their bells and bonfires were lit on the hills of Balmoral, where Victoria was living when she overtook her grandfather, King George III, who had reigned for 59 years, 96 days. Victoria’s reign ultimately lasted 64 years, 16 hours and 32 minutes Elizabeth II is expected to pass that record on September 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in Britain, (12:30pm in Dundas).

This exhibition will present artifacts with a Royal connection from both the Dundas Museum’s collection and from private collections.

Please join the Dundas Museum and Archives on Wednesday, September 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to celebrate this significant moment in history! Visitors will have a chance to partake in music and refreshments, and those in attendance will also be given a commemorative keepsake to mark this momentous occasion.

The Museum is grateful to a private donor for making this event possible.