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Queen Elizabeth II becomes the world’s second longest reigning monarch of all time

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Queen Elizabeth II officially became the world’s second-ever monarch on Sunday, after officially reigning as head of state for 70 years and 126 days.

Her Majesty, 96, overtook the late King of Thailand, the ninth monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016.

Louis XIV of France, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, still holds the title of oldest ruler at 72 years and 110 days. He was on the throne from 1643 to 1715.

On May 9, Elizabeth surpassed Johan II of Liechtenstein, who served 70 years and 91 days, until his death in February 1929.

The Queen became Britain’s longest-serving monarch in September 2015, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Elizabeth was crowned on June 2, 1953.

The 96-year-old monarch made a surprise appearance from Buckingham Palace last week on the final day of Jubilee celebrations.
(Chris Jackson, Getty Images)

To celebrate seven decades of service, Elizabeth made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace last week after four days of Platinum Jubilee festivities in her honor.

It was widely expected that she would not participate in the final event of the week as she had had mobility issues and experienced “some discomfort” during the initial Trooping the Colors military parade, and missed the duty of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in addition to her favorite horse race day at Epsom Downs – this is only the third time she has been unavailable for race day in her history on the throne.


Elizabeth was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker, Duchess of Cornwall. Prince William’s grandson and his wife Kate Middleton also joined them, bringing their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Ed Sheeran sang his chart-topping hit ‘Perfect’ for Elizabeth and a tribute to the Queen’s late husband, Prince Philip, as images of the couple flashed across a large screen. The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 aged 99.

Following his song, the 31-year-old musician, who recently welcomed his second daughter with wife Cherry Seaborn, joined in a performance of ‘God Save The Queen’ outside the palace at the end of the competition.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the world’s second longest reigning monarch of all time

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color alongside (LR) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George and Prince William
(Chris Jackson, Getty Images)

Sheeran previously performed for the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, when Elizabeth celebrated 60 years on the throne.


Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee earlier this year after marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth.

After the four-day show, Elizabeth wrote: “I was touched and deeply moved that so many people took to the streets to celebrate my platinum jubilee.

“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart is with you all and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family. I was inspired by the kindness , the joy and the relatedness that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope that this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry returned to London for the first time in years in honor of the monarch’s 70 years on the throne, and were seen celebrating with members of the royal family at the Trooping the Color parade on Thursday. They were not allowed on the balcony, which was intended for serving senior royals.


Although they didn’t appear on the balcony, Harry and Meghan were filmed shushing a few younger royals in a moment that has since gone viral. They also attended the Thanksgiving Service, before retiring to their Frogmore Cottage home to celebrate daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor’s first birthday with friends and their three-year-old son Archie on Saturday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited close friends and family to a ‘casual and intimate picnic in the garden’ for their youngest child, who showed off a full head of red hair much like his father, according to a spokesperson.

“It was such a privilege to celebrate Lilibet’s 1st birthday with my family and hers! Joy and makeup all around,” photographer Misan Harriman captioned an Instagram image of the little one playing in the grass.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the world’s second longest reigning monarch of all time

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II was celebrated June 2-5, 2022 in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession on February 6, 1952.
(Chris J. Ratcliffe)

The couple, who married in 2018, enlisted Claire Ptak of East London’s Violet Bakery to create a special cake for Lilibet. Ptak also created the Duke and Duchess’ wedding cake.

A spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital that the couple remain ‘incredibly touched’ by the outpouring of love for their daughter when she was one year old, and were grateful to learn of the more than $100,000 in donations made at the World Central Kitchen (WCK) in his honor.


They noted that WCK recently provided frontline support in Uvalde, Texas, where Meghan paid tribute to him to the victims of last month’s shooting massacre at Robb Elementary.

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