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Longest running what?! Queen Elizabeth’s latest milestone

Longest running what?! Queen Elizabeth’s latest milestone

Queen Elizabeth can tuck another special achievement as of January 2020, after becoming the world’s fifth longest reigning monarch.

The 93-year-old surpassed the 19th century Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph I - with her time on the throne so far lasting 67 years and 356 days as of January 27, 2020.

The record follows the Queen’s other long list of accolades, including her title as the longest-living reigning monarch.

Adrian Hilton, a lecturer in politics, philosophy and political theology, took to Twitter to announce the news.

The expert recognised that the Queen – who officially started her reign on February 6, 1952 – had moved up to fifth place on the list of the world’s longest reigning monarchs.

“Just to say, today the Queen moved up a notch in the table of the world’s longest reigns, surpassing that of Franz Joseph I. God Save the Queen.,” he wrote alongside a screenshot of the Wikipedia lead table.

K'inich Janaab Pakal, who was one of the most famous seventh-century Mayan rulers, sits in front of the British royal.

In third place is Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled from 1858 and 1929, followed by Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

King Bhumibol reigned from 1946 until his death in October 2016 and was the world's longest living reigning monarch before the Queen.

Holding on to the top spot is Louis XIV of France, with an impressive 72-year and 110-day reign.

The longest-reigning monarchs 

1. Louis XIV of France (reigned from 14 May 1643 to 1 September 1715)

2. Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (reigned from 9 June 1946 to 13 October 2016)

3. Johann II of Liechtenstein (reigned from 12 November 1858 to 11 February 1929)

4. K'inich Janaab Pakal (reigned from 29 July 615 to 31 August 683)

5. Queen Elizabeth II (reigned from 6 February 1952)