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Queen Elizabeth II is the second longest reigning monarch in history: NPR


Queen Elizabeth II walks on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on June 2, 2022, the first of four days of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee.

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Queen Elizabeth II is the second longest reigning monarch in history: NPR

Queen Elizabeth II walks on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on June 2, 2022, the first of four days of celebrations marking the Platinum Jubilee.

Alastair/AP Grant

It’s a record worthy of a queen.

The head of the British royal family, Queen Elizabeth II, has just become the second longest reigning monarch in the history of the world.

Taking the throne on February 6, 1952, the Queen ruled the kingdom for 70 years and 127 days.

It has just overtaken the long reign of former Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled from 1946 until his death in 2016.

French King Louis XIV remains at the forefront, having been monarch for more than 72 years after taking the throne at the age of four and dying in 1715.

This is not the first time Queen Elizabeth II, who is 96, has set a royal record.

In 2015, she became the longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the tenure of Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother.

“Inevitably, a long life can go through many stages – mine is no exception – but I thank you all, and the many others at home and abroad, for your touching messages of great kindness,” the queen said at the time.

The UK has just celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her seven decades on the throne.

She has made several appearances at the festivities despite declining health, which has forced her to walk with a cane and miss other public events in recent months.


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