Wolverhampton will mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest reigning monarch with a special service at St Peter's Collegiate Church.

This Wednesday (9 September), it will be 63 years and 216 days since the Queen acceded to the throne aged 25 following the death of her father King George VI on 6 February, 1952.

At that point, she will take the record for the longest serving monarch in the United Kingdom, previously been held by Queen Victoria, who reigned for 23,226 days.

To mark the day the Queen passes the milestone, a special service of Choral Evensong will be held at St Peter's Collegiate Church this Wednesday at 5.15pm.

Open to all, the service will be led by the Rector of Wolverhampton and Mayor's Chaplain, Reverend David Wright, in the presence of the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Ian Brookfield, the Mayoress Councillor Paula Brookfield and John Andrews MBE, the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands.

Mayor Ian Brookfield said: "The Mayoress and I are delighted to be taking part in this special service to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch, and I'd encourage the people of Wolverhampton to join us at St Peter's on Wednesday evening."

  • released: Monday 7 September, 2015