Queen Elizabeth II became the fourth longest-reigning monarch in world history on Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 68 years and 34 days.

Regalia of the United Kingdom (1678-1953); from left, the Sword of State, the State Imperial Crown, the Diamond Diadem of King George IV, the Throne of Queen Elizabeth II, the Crimson Robe of State
Queen Elizabeth II dressed in her Crimson Robe of State surrounded by the royal regalia. Photo: Facebook/British Monarchist League

Mayan King Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal (or Pacal the Great) of Palenque has been bumped down to 5th place as his reign lasted 68 years and 33 days.

In two years and 92 days, Queen Elizabeth will overtake King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s record as the second longest-reigning monarch.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2010.

Queen Elizabeth will become the longest-reigning monarch in four years and 78 days when she overtakes King Louis XIV of France who reigned from 1643, aged five, until his death in 1715!

Louis XIV of France holds the record as the longest-reigning monarch in world history. Portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701.

The Queen overtook her great-great-grandmother Victoria’s record of 63 years and 216 days on 9 September 2015 as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

God Save The Queen.

The Top 5

  1. Louis XIV of France – 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715 (72 years, 110 days.)
  2. Bhumibol Adulyadej {Rama IX} 9 June 1946 to 13 October 2016 (70 years, 126 days.)
  3. Johann II of Liechtenstein – 12 November 1858 to 11 February 1929 (70 years, 91 days).
  4. Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – 6 February 1952 to present day.
  5. King Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal of Palenque – 29 July 615 to 31 August 683 (68 years, 33 days).

The British Monarchists’ Society has marked this historic milestone with a post on Facebook.

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