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The Queen

A momentous day! The Queen breaks another royal milestone as she becomes the second longest reigning monarch in history


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

Her rule has now reached 70 years and 126 days, equalling the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

Her latest historic milestone comes just a week after Her Majesty became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

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.

Bhumibol Adulyadej ruled Thailand from November 9th June 1946 until October 13th 2016.

The Queen has to wait for another two years until she becomes the longest reigning monarch of all time, surpassing the reign of King Louis XIV of France which ran from May 14th 1643 until September 1st 1715 – a total of 72 years and 110 days.

All being well, Her Majesty will overtake this milestone in May 2024 aged 98.