The Queen is not the longest-reigning monarch, this is who is

As this year marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, she becomes the world’s second-longest reigning modern monarch.

The Queen has achieved an astounding new milestone - becoming the world's second-longest reigning monarch. Her Majesty succeeded Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for 70 years and 126 days from 1946 to 2016. K'inich Janaab Pakal, who governed the Maya city-state of Palenque for 68 years and 33 days before his death in 683AD, was succeeded by the Queen in March 2020.

Longest reigning monarch

The 96-year-old surpasses Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej but falls short of France's Louis XIV, who reigned from 1643 to 1715. Following the death of his father, Louis XIII, Louis XIV of France, sometimes known as Louis the Great, became King at the age of four and reigned from 14 May 1643 until 1 September 1715. Her Majesty, who was crowned in 1953, surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-serving British monarch, in September 2015.

The Queen’s Platinum old's Jubilee was honoured earlier this month with four days of parades, street parties, and other festivities across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. This honour adds to the Queen's long list of achievements, which includes being the world's longest British reigning monarch.

Her Majesty is the poised

Throughout her 70-year reign, the Queen has remained one of the world's most composed public personalities, rarely expressing her emotions in public. However, an insider has disclosed that during the big finale of the Jubilee celebrations last Sunday, she was tearful and overwhelmed with emotion due to the massive outpouring of gratitude from the British public and from across the Commonwealth. She issued a message praising the people after the jubilee's success, stating she was humbled and genuinely touched and that this revitalised sense of solidarity will be felt for many years to come.

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