Queen becomes third longest reigning monarch in history – Daily Mail

The Queen has reached a new milestone this week, after becoming the world’s third longest reigning monarch.

Her Majesty, 96, surpassed Johan II of Liechtenstein, who reigned for 70 years and 91 days, until his death in February 1929, with her stint on the throne now standing at 70 years and 92 days. 

And in just 34 days’ time, she will surpass King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who regined from 1946 until his death in October 2016, racking up 70 years, 126 days on the throne. 

He was the world’s longest- living reigning monarch before the Queen when he died aged 70. 

It comes as Her Majesty prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, after reaching the milestone on 6th February this year, with a weekend of festivities next month. 

The Queen has reached a new milestone this week, after becoming the world's third longest reigning monarch with 70 years and 92 days on the throne udner her belt

The Queen has reached a new milestone this week, after becoming the world's third longest reigning monarch with 70 years and 92 days on the throne udner her belt

The Queen has reached a new milestone this week, after becoming the world’s third longest reigning monarch with 70 years and 92 days on the throne udner her belt 

Prince Johan II of Liechtenstein, who reigned for 70 years and 91 days, until his death in February 1929,

Prince Johan II of Liechtenstein, who reigned for 70 years and 91 days, until his death in February 1929,

Prince Johan II of Liechtenstein, who reigned for 70 years and 91 days, until his death in February 1929,

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thaliand pictured with the Queen during a state visit to the UK in July 1960

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thaliand pictured with the Queen during a state visit to the UK in July 1960

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thaliand pictured with the Queen during a state visit to the UK in July 1960 

The record joins the Queen’s many other accolades – including her title as the longest-living reigning monarch. 

Her Majesty  became the longest-reigning British monarch in September 2015, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.

The longest-reigning monarchs 

1. Louis XIV of France: 72 years, 110 days 

Known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, the French monarch became King on 14 May 1643 at the age of four following the death of his father Louis XIII , and remained on the throne until 1 September 1715. He left behind the incredible legacy of the Palace of Versailles, although his country was in debt after the 13-year-long War of Spanish succession.

2. Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand: 70 years, 126 days 

During his reign, he was served by a total of 30 prime ministers, from 9 June 1946 to 13 October 2016. Seen as being close to the divine by the Thai people, those who criticised the monarchy were imprisoned or forced into exile. 

3. Queen Elizabeth II: 70 years, 92 days 

Her Majesty becamse Quen aged on 6th February 1952. Elizabeth was not originally destined to become Queen. However, she became heir presumptive after her father, King George VI, ascended to the throne following the abdication of his older brother, King Edward VIII.

3, Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein: 70 years, 91 days

Johann reigned from 12 November 1858, when he took the throne aged 18, to 11 February 1929. He made Liechtenstein a constitutional monarchy in 1921 and was known as a patron of the arts. But he was renowned for being antisocial and avoided public events. He never married and didn’t live in the royal palace. 

5. K’inich Janaab Pakal of Palenque: 68 years, 33 days.

Pakal ruled the Maya city state of Palenque from 29 July 615 to 31 August 683 AD. 

Pakal the Great is thought to have ascended to the throne at the age of 12- years-old and during his rule managed to expand Palenque’s power in the western Maya states.

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The Queen’s new milestone was  pointed out by the Mail’s Richard Eden on Twitter.

‘Congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen, who today becomes the third longest-reigning monarch in world history. She has overtaken Johan II of Liechtenstein, who reigned for 70 years and 91 days,’ he wrote. 

In March 202, the Queen surpassed K’inich Janaab Pakal who ruled the Maya city state of Palenque for 68 years and 33 days before his death in 683AD. 

Pakal the Great is thought to have ascended to the throne at the age of 12- years-old and during his rule managed to expand Palenque’s power in the western Maya states.

The Mayan civilisation reached its peak between 250 and 900 AD, when it ruled large swathes of what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Holding on to the top spot is Louis XIV of France, with an impressive 72-year and 110-day reign.

Known as Louis the Great, the French monarch became King at the age of four following the death of his father Louis XIII, and ruled from 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715.   

Social media users were quick to congratulate the Queen on her new position on the list, 

‘Amazing! Congratulations to Her Majesty,’ one wrote, while another described it as  ‘an absolutely wonderful achievement’.

It comes amid reports the Queen will make a last minute decision about whether to attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow as she faces missing it for only the third time.

Her Majesty, who is battling mobility problems, has only missed the Queen’s Speech twice in her 70-year reign – when pregnant.

Prince Charles is expected to step in if she is unable to go, days after announcing that she will not attend any of the summer’s Buckingham Palace garden parties.

The 96-year-old previously decided to no longer wear her Imperial Crown or Robes of State given their weight and awkwardness and instead wears smart day dress. In 2016 the Queen used a lift rather than the stairs for the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 64 years.

The Queen has only missed the event twice – in 1959 and 1963 when pregnant. On those occasions her speech, setting out the government’s legislative plans for the coming year, was read by the Lord Chancellor, Viscount Kilmuir. 

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