“Today Her Majesty will have served as Monarch for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days, overtaking the reign of Queen Victoria more than a century ago,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.
The Prime Minister said the people of Papua New Guinea appreciate the Queen’s many years of service to the people of the Commonwealth including Papua New Guinea.
“The founders of our National Constitution decided that Her Majesty would be Queen of Papua New Guinea under our constitution.
“When we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our achievement of statehood we will also celebrate 40 years of Her Majesty’s service as Queen of Papua New Guinea.
“Her Majesty continues to take a genuine interest in our nation, our people, and our future. “On the occasions when I have met with the Queen she has always demonstrated broad knowledge of Papua New Guinea.
“Papua New Guinea also has an ongoing relationship with other members of The Royal Family.
“We were very happy to receive Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, when he visited Papua New Guinea to officially open the Pacific Games just over a month ago. “The Queen’s record of service has been truly extraordinary.
“It has been marked by a total dedication and commitment to what she outlined as her duty when she assumed the throne over 63 years ago.
“The people of Papua New Guinea acknowledge this historic occasion, and extend to the Queen, and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, our best wishes for happiness and continued good health,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.