Queen Elizabeth II just became world's oldest head of state

Posted at 1:12 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 13:12:24-05

When 93-year-old Robert Mugabe was ousted from Zimbabwe's presidency on Wednesday, that made Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II the world's oldest head of state at 91.

She was coronated in 1953 after her father King George VI died and has outlasted 14 British Prime Ministers and 13 American presidents in the interim, The Independent reports.

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Even more incredible is that 81 percent of Britain's current residents weren't alive when that happened, according to the UK Office for National Statistics

"No wonder the Queen is so central to the British national identity - after all, most of us have know nothing else," The Independent writes. "When she dies, Britain will grind to a halt for at least 12 days. It will be unlike anything the country has seen since the end of the Second World War."

The Queen also just became the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary as she and Prince Phillip marked 70 years of marriage on Monday.