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Milestones of a Monarch: The Queen becomes the longest living monarch in British history


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Queen Elizabeth II has passed numerous milestones throughout her historic 70-year reign. They have included milestones as a mother and wife and as a monarch. In honour of her reign, we are looking at some of her most impressive milestones. 

On 20 December 2007, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest living monarch in British history. Her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, previously held the record at 81 years and 243 days. Victoria passed her grandfather, King George III, by four days, as he also died at 81. 

Specifically, Elizabeth moved past Victoria for the record at 5:00 pm GMT. 

While The Queen’s Jubilees are often celebrated with great fanfare and public events, she did not do anything particular to celebrate the day in 2007 and completed her red boxes as usual. 

Prince Philip also holds the title of the longest living British royal consort. 

In September 2015, Elizabeth also overtook her great-great-grandmother on another momentous milestone, that of the longest-reigning British monarch. 

In June, The Queen should pass King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand for the second-longest reign of a monarch; he died in 2016 with a reign of 72 years and 126 days. In 2024, The Queen would also be able to pass King Louis XIV of France for the longest reign of a monarch.

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