Britain's Queen Elizabeth has become the second-longest reigning monarch in history.
As of Monday, the Queen has been on the throne for 70 years and 127 days.
Louis XIV of France was the world's longest-reigning monarch, ruling for 72 years and 110 days.
Queen Elizabeth II has become the second-longest reigning monarch in history, BBC News reports.
As of June 13, Her Majesty has been on the throne for 70 years and 127 days, according to the BBC. The outlet reports that the longest-reigning monarch was Louis XIV of France, who became king at the age of 4 and ruled for 72 years and 110 days was from 1643 to 1715 — though he really started to rule in 1661, when he was in his 20s.
The Queen overtakes Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 and previously held the record as second-longest reigning monarch, according to BBC News and Royal Central.
The Queen, 96, succeeded to the throne at the age of 25 upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, and was crowned a year later.
If Her Majesty is still reigning in May 2024 she will overtake Louis XIV as the world's longest reigning monarch of a sovereign state, the BBC reports.
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth became the longest-reigning British monarch, overtaking a record previously set by Queen Victoria, who reigned for almost 64 years until her death in 1901, according to the royal family website.
The Queen's historic reign
The world has changed massively during Queen Elizabeth's lifespan. Her Majesty has lived through iconic moments in history, such as World War II. When the then-Princess Elizabeth turned 18 in 1944, she became the only female member of the royal family to serve in the British army, where she trained as a truck driver and mechanic, Insider previously reported.
A total of 14 UK prime ministers have held office during the Queen's reign, according to Metro. The monarch holds a weekly audience with the Prime Minister every week, which were traditionally in person until the COVID-19 pandemic; her first audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the UK's lockdown in 2020 was via telephone. That year, the Queen also began to hold royal engagements virtually over Zoom, and it's something she continues to do two years later.
The monarch has witnessed iconic technological inventions as well, including the creation of the cellphone, the internet, and social media. These inventions have undoubtedly changed the way she performs her royal duties. In 2019, Her Majesty wrote her first Instagram post, and today the royal family's Instagram account has 11 million followers.
The Queen hasn't just adapted to modern technology; she's also been praised for modernizing the monarchy herself. In 1970, she started the royal walkabout, when a member of the royal family meets ordinary members of the public, according to the royal website. This is a common practice carried out by royals both on international tours and at engagements in the UK to this day.
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