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Besides Her Majesty, who are the world’s longest reigning monarchs?


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It is well-known that Her Majesty The Queen, 93, is the longest-reigning monarch in the world. But who follows her in that list? You’ll be surprised to see The Queen on the list several times due to the various Commonwealth countries.

  1. Her Majesty The Queen in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamacia, Barbados; she’s reigned for over 67 years in the first four. She’s reigned for 56 years in Jamaica and 52 years in Barbados.
  2. Sultan of Brunei (51 years)
  3. Sultan of Oman (48 years)
  4. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (47 years)

    By Johannes Jansson/norden.org, CC BY 2.5 dk, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24986689

  5. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi of Emirate of Sharjah (47 years)

  6. Queen Elizabeth II of the Bahamas (46 years)
  7. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (45 years)

    Photo: Peter Knutson, The Royal Court, Sweden

  8. Queen Elizabeth II of Grenada (45 years)
  9. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Emirate of Fujairah (44 years)
  10. Queen Elizabeth II of Papua New Guinea (43 years), Solomon Islands (41 years), Tuvalu (40 years), St Lucia (40 years), and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (39 years)
  11. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi III of Emirate of Ajman (37 years)
  12. Queen Elizabeth II of Belize (37 years), Antigua and Barbuda (37 years), and Saint Kitts and Nevis (35 years)
  13. King Mswati III of Eswatini (33 years)
  14. Prince Hans-Adam III of Liechtenstein (29 years)
  15. King Harald V of Norway (28 years)

    Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

  16. King Letsie III of Lesotho (27 years)
  17. Sultan of Terengganu (Malaysia) (21 years)
  18. King Abdullah II of Jordan (20 years)
  19. King Hamad of Bahrain (20 years)
  20. King Mohammed VI of Morocco (19 years)
  21. Raja of Perlis (Malaysia)  (19 years)
  22. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (18 years)

    © Grand Ducal Court / Sophie Margue

  23. Sultan of Selangor (Malaysia) (17 years)
  24. King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia (14 years)
  25. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, UAE (14 years)
  26. Prince Albert II of Monaco (14 years)
  27. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, UAE (13 years)
  28. Emir of Kuwait (13 years)
  29. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan (12 years)

    By Royal Family of Bhutan – Modified version of File:King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (edit).jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5186158

  30.  Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia  (10 years)
  31. Sheikh of Umm al-Quwain, UAE (10 years)
  32. Sultan of Johor, Malaysia  (9 years)
  33. Sultan of Kelantan (Malaysia) (8 years)
  34. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE (8 years)
  35. King Tupou VI of Tonga (7 years)
  36. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (6 years)
  37. Emir of Qatar (6 years)
  38. King Philippe of Belgium (5 years)

    Photo: Laura Dekkers

  39. Sultan of Perak (Malaysia) (5 years)
  40. King Felipe VI of Spain (5 years)
  41. King Salman of Saudi Arabia (4 years)
  42. King Rama X of Thailand (2 years)
  43. Sultan of Kedah (Malaysia) (1 year)
  44. King Abdullah of Malaysia (6 months – took over on 15 January 2019)
  45. Emperor Naruhito of Japan (over two months, came to the throne on 1 May 2019)
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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.