- Queen Elizabeth II set a new longevity record
- She is now the second longest-reigning monarch ever
- This is how long until she'd be in first place
What a year for Queen Elizabeth! She celebrated her 70th anniversary on the throne in 2022. She also recently celebrated her 96th birthday.
The monarch sets one record after another. And she's done it once again. Her latest achievement? She officially became the second longest-reigning monarch in history as of June 13, 2022.
The numbers: The Queen is the second-longest ruler ever
The Queen outdid Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej for second place. He held office from 1946 until his death in 2016.
So there is only one person who sat on the throne even longer than the Queen – and that was the French King Louis XIV. He was appointed King in 1643 at the young age of only 4 and remained in this position until his death in 1715.
Thus the former King reigned for exactly 72 years and 110 days. If the Queen remains in office until May 2024, she could overtake the French monarch.
She has been the longest-reigning monarch in the United Kingdom as of 2015, so who knows what else is to come.
In any case, it is already quite clear that Elizabeth II, who has been Queen since Feb. 6, 1952, has immortalized herself in the history books...
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