The Queen’s record-breaking reign named most inspirational news story of 2015

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The Queen provided the most inspiring news event of 2015 and was voted by the British public as the UK's most inspiring person, according to a new survey into the most inspirational moments of the last 12 months.

Her achievement in becoming the longest-serving British monarch in history topped the most inspirational news stories of 2015, just ahead of 'Je Suis Charlie', the reaction to the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

Her Majesty also triumphed as the most inspirational person of 2015, beating Jessica Ennis-Hill into second place and astronaut Tim Peake into third, in the survey by the award-winning hotel group, QHotels, which has 'Inspired By You' as its ethos.*

The 'Inspired By You' survey also identified Great Britain's Davis Cup victory as the most inspirational sporting moment of the year.

The Queen's reign of 63 years, which beat the record set by her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, featured in 40% of voters' top inspirational headlines of the year. Just over a third (33%) voted the 'Je suis Charlie' story amongst their top three. The Queen's achievement was placed top by every region in the UK apart from London and Scotland who chose 'Je suis Charlie'.

Tim Peake's mission to become the first British astronaut on the International Space Station was third, Germany's opening of its borders to all Syrian refugees was fourth, and the birth of Princess Charlotte rounded out the top five.

In contrast, only 3% of people felt that the birth of Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West's second child, Saint, was the most inspirational news event of 2015.

In sport, the first GB Davis Cup victory in 80 years was the winner with 43% of the vote, ahead of Jessica Ennis Hill's heptathlon gold at the World Athletics Championships, only 13 months after giving birth to her first child.

She was followed by the England cricket team regaining the Ashes, which just pipped Lewis Hamilton's third Formula 1world title into third place.

Nearly 20% of men thought that Jamie Vardy beating the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches was the most inspirational sporting moment of 2015.

Claire Rowland, Director of Marketing at QHotels, commented: "At QHotels we are inspired by our customers to provide the best service possible. It's at the heart of everything we do and runs throughout the business. So it is only natural that we should find out who and what inspired our customers in 2015.

"In a year full of such big stories and major news events it's incredible to see the regard in which the British public hold The Queen and find her a constant source of inspiration. Nearly half of 18-24 year olds said they found her achievement the most inspiring of the year, the largest number of any age group, which was really surprising. The fact that two royal stories featured in the top five, with the birth of Princess Charlotte, is another demonstration of the lasting appeal of the Royal Family."

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