Crowds of fans are cheering the Queen around the clock, waiting for her to lunge over the line and set the record for Britain’s longest reign.
With just days to go, the public has joined officials from the Guinness Book of Records. Sat on a chair with a look of grim determination on her stamp-like face, the monarch’s reign is timed at regular intervals while the crowds roar her on to the finish.
“COME ON QUEEN! YOU CAN DO IT!”, yelled a group from Harold’s WI. “DON’T FORGET YOUR TABLETS! KEEP THAT HEART PUMPING! GOWAAAAN YOUR MAJESTY, NEARLY THERE!”
There was a worrying moment earlier in the day, as Dave Evans verified. ” Ooh, she had a moment there. Nearly threw it away. But the official from the Guinness Book of Records has taken her pulse, and she’d just fallen asleep.” The tension in the room is palpable.
Tackling the record has taken years of planning, not to mention an incredible cost. At the equivalent of nearly £40 million a year, it’s critical that nothing goes wrong.
“I can’t stand the tension, I’ve been watching her since last Tuesday, I don’t know how she’s keeping it up”, said Elsie Duggan. “She’s very focused, she has to be.”
“This is quite a test of nerve: one careless abdication, and she’ll have to start all over again.”