On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom became the fourth longest-reigning monarch in history, People reports.
As of that day, the 93-year-old has held the throne for 68 years and 34 days, which beats the reign of K’inich Janaab Pakal — a Mayan monarch known as Pakal the Great — who ruled the city-state of Palenque between July 615 to August 683. He assumed the throne at age 12 for the region that’s now Chiapas, Mexico.
The Queen is shy some four years of becoming the world’s longest-reigning monarch. That crown still belongs to Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King, who famously converted a royal hunting lodge in Versailles into a grand palace that remains a popular tourist destination for those visiting Paris. He ruled for a total of 72 years and 110 days, beginning at age 4, before dying four days short of his 77th birthday of gangrene.
In second place is King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who ruled for 70 years and 126 days before dying in 2016 at age 88. King Johann II reigned over the small European nation of Liechtenstein for 70 years and 91 days between 1858 and 1929. He rose to the throne shortly after turning 18.
In her United Kingdom, however, the Queen still reigns supreme. In September 2015, she became its longest-ruling monarch there, after surpassing the 63-year, 216-day rule of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne at age 25 following the lung cancer death of her 56-year-old father, King George VI — whose battle with a speech impediment was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech.”
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