Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is now the second longest-reigning monarch in history

An overview of Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year career © Het Nieuwsblad

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is one step closer to achieving the “world record” for the longest-reigning world reign. On Sunday, she will be exactly 70 years and 126 days old as queen, and with that she will be on par with Thailand’s King Bhumibol, who died in 2016.

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Elizabeth is now only one name before her. Louis XIV of France ruled from 1643 to 1715 and thus sat on the throne for 72 years and 110 days. The British Queen can match this record on May 25, 2024, in 713 days.

Elizabeth, 96, celebrated her platinum anniversary widely last weekend with four days of parades, street parties and other events across Britain and the Commonwealth.

In a message afterwards, the Queen wrote, thanking everyone for the “beautiful messages and for your part in these fun parties”. According to her, there was no “proof” of her rare teacher. “But I am humbled and deeply moved that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my platinum anniversary.”

Because of her fragile health, Elizabeth did not attend all the family’s organized festivities. The Queen is no longer able to move and has to rest after her first day appearance during Trooping The Color.

A Record-Breaking Reign With Tops and Bottoms: An Overview of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 Years on the Throne

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