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British Royals

Elizabeth II breaks another royal record


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The Queen is now the third longest reigning Monarch in recorded history.

Her rule has now reached 70 years and 92 days, one day longer than the reign of Johann II of Liechtenstein.

Her latest historic milestone comes just months after she became the only British Monarch to rule for 70 years.

Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6th 1952. On September 9th 2015, she became the longest reigning Monarch in British history, overtaking the record set by her great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Johann II ruled Liechtenstein from November 12th 1858 until February 11th 1929. His reign saw the country gets its first constitution and an expansion of rights. Johann didn’t marry and was succeeded by his brother, Franz I.

In just over a month’s time, The Queen will move up this historic list again. Soon after her Platinum Jubilee weekend, Elizabeth II will see her reign extend beyond that of Rama IX of Thailand who ruled for 70 years and 126 days. As of the middle of June, The Queen will be the second longest reigning Monarch in recorded history.

The longest verified reign in history is that of King Louis XIV of France which ran from May 14th 1643 until September 1st 1715, a total of 72 years and 110 days. The Queen will overtake that milestone in 2024.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.