LONDON (AP) _ The Queen Mother Elizabeth has set a record as the oldest royal in British history.

The mother of Queen Elizabeth II, she has lived for 97 years and 315 days. On Sunday, she passed the longevity mark that was held by Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Alice, who died Jan. 3, 1981.

The Queen Mother will celebrate her 98th birthday on Aug. 4.

``It is difficult to say it categorically, but I cannot find any British royal from our records who has lived longer than the Queen Mother,'' royal expert Harold Brookes-Baker, editor of Burke's Peerage, told the Express newspaper.

The Queen Mother married into the royal family in 1923 and was 51 when her husband, King George VI, died in 1952.

Despite two hip replacement operations in the past 2 1/2 years, she still undertakes public engagements _ including an appearance 10 days ago to unveil a foundation stone for a hospital accident center for children.