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Slideshow: Longest-Reigning British Monarchs

By History.com Staff
Today, Queen Elizabeth II reached a major landmark in her 59-year reign, edging past King George III to become the second-longest serving monarch in 1,000 years of British history. Only her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years and seven months, enjoyed a lengthier tenure. This milestone comes on the heels of the queen’s 85th birthday on April 21. Her 62-year-old son, Prince Charles, broke a record of his own last month, becoming the British royal who has spent the longest time as heir to the throne.

Slideshow: Longest-Reigning British Monarchs


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Categories: British History, Royalty