Queen Elizabeth II will surpass the record of queen Victoria and become Britain’s longest reigning monarch on September 9. The queen has been on the throne for nearly 64 years.
At 89, Britain’s queen is the world’s eldest monarch. Previously, at the age of 90, the king Abdullah of Emirates Saudi Arabia held the record, but he has died earlier this year in January.
The king of Thailand currently holds the record as the world’s longest-reigning monarch, king Bhumibol Adulyadej marked his 69th year of his reign this year in June. The monarch acceded to the throne in 1946 and he was crowned four years later, after the inexplicable death of his brother. Bhumibol is seen as a moral leader of the country, but his health has aggravated lately, having been diagnosed with hydrocephalus (water on the brain).
Before the king of Thailand, the contemporary record for reigning longevity was held by a Japanese emperor, Hirohito, who have reigned for 62 years and died in 1989. The longest reign in Europe was that of French king Louis XIV – 72 years. The modern record is held by Franz Joseph I, who reigned for a total of nearly 68 years.
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926. She inherited the crown on February 8, 1952 after her father, king George VI, died. On September 9 this year, queen Elizabeth will surpass the 63 years reign of her great-great grandmother queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II is not only the queen of England, but also of fifteen other commonwealth realms.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, at 75, is the second eldest monarch in Europe. She became the queen of Europe’s oldest kingdom back in 1972, following the death of Frederik IX.
Other long-reigning monarch is Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the leader of Brunei. At the age of 69, is one of the richest people on the planet. He has reigned over the small and incredibly wealthy country since October 1967. Brunei is known for their massive petroleum reserves.
Sultan Qaboos of Oman, 74, took the throne from his father by force in 1970, for supposedly for being too conservative. The Sultan’s health is deteriorating and he has no heir.
King Carl XVI of Sweden, 69, acceded to the throne in September 1973, following his Gustaf VI Adolf, his grandfather. The current king of Sweden and the queen of Denmark, queen Margrethe, are first cousins.
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