Queen Elizabeth II very nearly longest-ever reigning monarch

Queen Elizabeth II very nearly longest-ever reigning monarch
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and King Philippe of Belgium pictured during a royal visit to the inauguration of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden in London, 2014. BELGA PHOTO/ERIC LALMAND

A few days after celebrating her silver jubilee, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has become the monarch with the second-longest reign in History, Belga News Agency reports.

She celebrated 70 years and 126 days on the throne on Sunday, equalling the record set by Thailand’s King Bhumibol, who died in 2016.

She still needs to remain queen for another two years to better the 72 years and 110 days spent on the French throne by Louis XIV (1643-1715). She will break that record if she is still queen on the 25th of May 2024.

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The silver jubilee of the 96-year-old Queen was celebrated in early June with four days of festivities. Failing health prevented her from attending all the celebrations organised for the royal family.

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