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Our longest-reigning monarch has presided over a second Elizabethan age

That the Queen has lived to become our longest-reigning monarch is in itself a sign of the golden age of prosperity which has been the second Elizabethan age. Over the 63 years of her reign, life expectancy for women has increased by a dozen years, to 83. The Queen may be remarkable for her age, but she is far from alone in modern Britain for having lived to a great age in good health.

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