1THE LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH OF GREAT BRITAIN
Elizabeth, who marked 70 years on the throne this year, is the longest-reigning and longest-serving monarch in British history. In September 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and seven months.
In 2016, Elizabeth also became the world’s longest reigning monarch with the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. In 2022, she became the second-longest-reigning monarch in world history, behind the 17th-century French King Louis XIV, who took the throne at age 4.