Queen Elizabeth becomes the world's third-longest reigning monarch

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Queen Elizabeth II
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  • Queen Elizabeth is now the third longest-reigning monarch in world history.
  • The royal has been queen for 70 years and 92 days, surpassing Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein
  • Her Majesty could take the second spot from Thailand's King Bhumibol in just over a month.


As of Monday, Queen Elizabeth reached another milestone in her reigning career – the 96-year-old is now the third longest-reigning monarch in world history.

The royal has been queen for 70 years and 92 days, surpassing Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, who ruled over the European country for 70 years and 91 days before dying on 11 February 1929.

Per Unofficial Royalty, Johann II became the Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein after his father died in 1858. He was 18 years old.

Two more spots to climb

Queen Elizabeth is the world's longest-reigning living monarch and the longest-ruling monarch in UK history. Still, two other major monarchs have surpassed her reign: France's 17th-century "Sun King" Louis XIV and Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

However, in just over a month, Her Majesty could take the second spot from Thailand's King Bhumibol, who reigned for 70 years and 126 days.Queen Elizabeth will have to wait a couple of years to claim the top spot. King Louis XIV of France is the longest-reigning monarch on record and ruled for 72 years and 110 days, according to People.

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Platinum Jubilee celebrations 

To celebrate her 70 years on the throne, a weekend of Platinum Jubilee festivities will take place the first weekend of June.

In addition to Trooping the Colour, the annual public celebration of the Queen's birthday that includes the royal family gathering on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch a flypast, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving, the Platinum Party at the Palace and the Platinum Jubilee pageant.

It recently was confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan would travel to the UK with their two kids for the weekend's celebration.  

However, the family of four will not appear on the palace balcony after Queen Elizabeth decided that only working members of the royal family are allowed to gather for the flypast.

In addition, the queen is taking a step back from the spotlight, making way for her grandson, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to take centre stage for celebrations taking place across the UK.


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