Elizabeth II is now Britain's longest-serving monarch (Source: Getty)
ueen Elizabeth II has become the longest-reigning monarch in the UK's history.
Today marks the 63rd year, seventh month and second day she has ruled over the country, beating her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Back when she ascended to the throne, the world was a very different place. The UK was at war (in Korea), tensions between the “free west” and USSR were high, Mousetrap was on stage in London's West End and the Conservatives, led by Winston Churchill, were in power.
Actually, thinking about it, not much has changed.
But some things were very different. The cost of a new home was just over £1,500, while London properties were a "toppy" £2,650. The height of technology was a jet airliner that flew non-stop between London and Johannesburg. And no one had ever heard the word selfie (let alone belfie).
Our infographic explores the differences – and similarities – between life in 1952 and life in 2015.
We've come a long way under Queen Elizabeth II.
Post-war Britain was booming under Winston Churchill – these are just some of the big stories that made history that year.
Winston Churchill (Conservative)
6 February - George VI dies
8 February - Queen Elizabeth II named the UK's new monarch
21 February - ID cards abandoned
31 March - Alan Turing convicted of gross indecency
2 May - The De Havilland Comet becomes the world's first jet airliner, with a maiden flight from London to Johannesburg.
1 June - A one shilling charge is introduced for prescription drugs dispensed under the National Health Service.
6 September - Farnborough Airshow disaster, 31 people killed
3 October- UK detonates first atomic bomb
5 October - Tea rationing ends
14 November - UK singles chart first published
25 November - Agatha Christie's Mousetrap begins run at London's New Ambassadors Theatre
4-9 December - The Great Smog descends on London, causing transport chaos and killing an estimated 4,000 people
UK plc is coming out of the nasty global recession – and the world seems so much smaller now than it did 63 years (and a bit) ago. These are just some of the big stories that made history that year.
David Cameron (Conservative)
8 January - UK security tightened after three gunmen killed 12 people at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
17 February - Five Britons among 100 applicants to be sent on one-way trip to Mars.
22 March - SNP membership crosses 100,000 mark, meaning one in 10 Scots is a member.
22 April - Tesco posts a record £6.4bn loss for the year to the end of February.
26 April - UK government donates £5m after an earthquake in Nepal kills more than 6,000 people.
7 May - Conservatives win outright majority at General Election
26 June - Terrorist attack at Tunisian resort of Sousse claims the lives of 37, of which 30 are Britons.
7 July - London commemorates 10th anniversary of 7/7.
28 July - 2,000 migrants try to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais as they attempt to reach the UK.
22 August - Shoreham Airshow disaster in which 11 people are killed
4 September - David Cameron commits to admitting "thousands more" Syrian refugees, two days after images of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach emerge.
It's when you get to the British Empire that things start to look very different.
Although many of the former colonies had gained their independence by 1952, the UK still had a hefty footprint in parts of Africa, as well as Asia and the Middle East.
Fast-forward to today, and that sun has set pretty much everywhere, with just a handful of islands remaining.
In 2015, there are 14 British overseas territories remaining: the British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, British Antarctic Territory, St Helena and its dependencies (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, the Pitcairn Group of Islands, and the Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus. Most of what remains is illustrated below.