The Queen homes in on being the longest serving monarch in history

Last week Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  became the fourth longest-serving monarch today, surpassing legendary Mayan ruler Pakal the Great.

The Queen has surpassed  K’inich Janaab Pakal who ruled the Mayan city state of Palenque for 68 years and 33 days before his death in 683AD.

The Queen obviously holds several records including her title as the longest-living reigning monarch.  She also officially became the longest-reigning British monarch in September 2015, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.

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.  During the peak of Mayan power their civilisations ruled much of what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen is now breathing down the neck of monarch Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled from 1858 and 1929 and the second longest reigning monarch is KingBhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who reigned from 1946 until his death in October 2016 and was the world’s longest living reigning monarch before the Queen.

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.

It’s important to remember with the exception of the Thai King, all of the other long reigning monarchs lived in a time with more rudimentary medical knowledge.  On the other hand, all the other monarchs came to the throne as children whilst the Queen was a married young woman when she ascended to the throne. It’s incredible to think that for now several decades, she remains the only head of state who served during WW2.

The Queen will hopefully celebrate her 94th birthday in April this year; who would be against her surpassing the legendary reign of the Sun King and reaching her 98th birthday?

Who the Queen is gunning for!

1. Louis XIV of France (reigned from 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715)

2. Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (reigned from 9 June 1946 to 13 October 2016)

3. Johann II of Liechtenstein (reigned from 12 November 1858 to 11 February 1929)

4. Queen Elizabeth II (reigned from 6 February 1952)  

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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3 Responses to The Queen homes in on being the longest serving monarch in history

  1. Contractions of Fate says:

    Gawd Bless Her!

    I’m not a monarchist as such, but she has done a sterling job. If she lives as long as her mother, than she will shatter all records.

    Except for some of those antediluvian kings in the Sumerian King List, who reigned for dozens of centuries or dozens of millennia. But I don’t think those really count as “historical” reigns!



    • Yes, it is hard to imagine anyone beating her. William is already consdierably older than she was when she was crowned so it would likely be getting on for the 23rd Century before anyone even has a chance at it. Yes I remember those lists, a little like how biblical lineages work or even today Arab dynasties which sometimes clutch at straws to demonstrate their link with the Prophet.


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