Queen Elizabeth II: Which monarchs have reigned the longest (and where does the British monarch rank)

“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” Shakespeare wrote in his play “Henry IV,” highlighting the burden of responsibility that falls on the shoulders of any monarch.

It draws attention, then, when those kings and queens endure years and years on the throne.

Such is the case of Queen Elizabeth II of England, that in February she turned 70 as sovereign of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth, and whose subjects celebrate this week that Platinum Jubilee.

Elizabeth II has reigned longer than any of her British ancestors – including Queen Victoria, who held the scepter for more than 60 years – and is currently the longest living monarch in the world.

However, he does not hold -yet- the historical record of the monarch who has been on the throne for the longest time.

Then, Who has reigned the longest and how far is Isabel II from occupying the first place?

1. Louis XIV of France


Known as Louis the Great or the sun kingthe French monarch he reigned for 72 years and 110 days.

Louis assumed his royal title on May 14, 1643 at the age of 4, which partly explains his impressive reign, the longest in history.

He was a defender of the divine right of kings and consolidated a system of absolute monarchy, becoming one of the most powerful French monarchs.

He built the majestic Palace of Versailles and its gardens, and left a legacy that influenced until the beginning of modern times and the Industrial Revolution.

Louis died on September 1, 1715, a few days before his 77th birthday.

2. Bhumibol Adulyadej from Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Until his death in October 2016, King Bhumibol was the longest-serving living monarch.

He reigned 70 years and 126 days, from June 9, 1947 to October 13, 2016, and had a total of 30 prime ministers in his service.

Although he suffered from poor health and was rarely seen in public in his later years, he was a benchmark of stability in a country affected by cycles of political turmoil and multiple coups ANDstate.

Interestingly, Bhumibol was not destined to be king. His older brother was the crown prince, but after his sudden death, he had to leave his studies in Switzerland to assume the throne.

During his reign he was extremely popular and was one of the richest monarchs in the world.

What revered figure in Thailand and considered almost divine, any criticism of the monarch was grounds for imprisonment or exile.

His people deeply mourned his death at the age of 88.

3. Elizabeth II of England

Elizabeth II of England

Elizabeth was also not destined to be queen. She inherited the throne from her father, George VI, who was crowned in 1937, after her brother Edward VIII abdicated for wanting to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorced American commoner.

After the sudden death of George VI, Elizabeth II came to the throne on February 6, 1952.

Although Queen Elizabeth is still very active at 96, lately she has relegated some of her official duties to her son, Prince Charles, and her grandson William.

Also stopped wearing the heavy cape and crown for the ceremonies of ANDstateinstead wearing a stylish modern suit.

This year she did not attend the opening of the British Parliament, only the second time she has not done so in her more than 70 years as queen – the other was when she was pregnant.

Rehearsal to commemorate the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
The United Kingdom is preparing this June 2 to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo: EPA)

On May 9, 2022, Elizabeth II became the third longest reigning monarch, 70 years and 92 days on that date, surpassing Johann II of Liechtenstein.

In less than a month, he will move into second place, surpassing the 70-year, 126-day reign of King Bhumibol of Thailand.

However, for it to reach the top spot we will have to wait until mid-2024.

4. Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein

Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein

Johann came to the throne at the age of 18, and reigned from November 12, 1858 to February 11, 1929.

He was monarch of the small alpine principality that lies between Switzerland and Austria. for 70 years and 91 days.

Known as Johann II the Good, he forged close relations with Switzerland, a country with which he entered into a customs agreement and adopted its currency, the Swiss franc.

He converted the principality into a constitutional monarchy in 1921 and was known as a patron of art.

Nevertheless, he had a reputation for being antisocial and did not usually attend public events.

He never married and never lived in the royal palace.

5. K’inich Janaab Pakal of Palenque

Jade mask of Pakal the Great

Pakal the Great was a aha or ruler of the Mayan lordship of B’aakal, now known as Palenque, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

He came to the throne at the age of 12, and ruled from July 26, 615 until his death on August 31, 683: a reign of 68 years and 33 days.

The scene of his enthronement is carved in high relief on a panel in House “C” of the Palenque Palace.

In 1952, Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier announced the discovery of Pakal’s tomb, including his sarcophagus with a skeleton dressed in grave goods.

The Mayan civilization reached its height between 250 and 900, when it dominated large areas of what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.

During his reign, Pakal expanded the power of Palenque into the western Maya states..

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