Queen Elizabeth II has become the second-longest serving sovereign monarch in history after being on the throne for 70 years and 127 days, the longest after Louis XIV of France who was crowned king at the age of four.
Queen Elizabeth overtakes Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed on in 2016, having equaled his record on Sunday.
If the Queen is still in power by May 2024 she would emerge the longest reigning Monarch of a sovereign state, surpassing the record set by Louis XIVwho reigned for 72 years and 110 from 1643 to 1715.
The Queen was crowned at the age of 25, following the demise of her father in the early hours of 6 February 1952. She became the longest-reigning British monarch in September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
She marked her Platinum Jubilee with four days of celebration and thrilled many by appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Jubilee weekend.
The Queen wasn’t present at some of the events marking the celebration but reassured, “my heart has been with you all … I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.”