The most common form of government until the 20th century, the monarchy continues to exist today with its former prestige only for some states in the world. Impressive, however, is the fact that some of its most prominent representatives remained on the throne for decades, as did the five kings below, who have served their longest tenure. Among them, of course, is Queen Elizabeth II.
Sobuza B’- 82 years
In December 1899, the King of Swaziland (now known as Eswatini) in South Africa, Ngwane V, died at the age of 23. He was succeeded by his 4-month-old son, who was given the royal name Sobhuza II and would continue to reign until his death in August 1982, remaining on the throne for 82 years, making him the longest-serving monarch to date.
Louis XIV – 72 years
The son of Louis XIII France and Anna of Austria, Louis XIV was born in September 1638, and he ascended the throne at a very young age, as he was only 4 years old when he was crowned King of France in May 1643. The boy who later became known as King of the Sun left Paris during the Civil War, took ballet lessons, turned Versailles into a magnificent palace, started several wars and loved the arts. He died in September 1715 and was succeeded on the throne by his grandson, Louis XI.
John B’- 70 years
Born in 1840, John II, Prince of Liechtenstein, ruled from 1858 until his death in 1929. He was a patron of the arts and sciences, but unlike many other leaders, he was not very social. During the 70 years of his reign he largely avoided social events and never married. When he died after 70 years and 91 days on the throne, he was succeeded by his brother.
Bhumibol Antuniadet – 70 years
Although not officially crowned king By 1950, King Bhumibol became the ninth king in the Chakri dynasty of Thailand in 1946 after the death of his brother Ananda Mahidol. He reigned until his death in 2016 at the age of 88, making him the longest living king of Thailand.
Elizabeth B’- 69 until today
Her continuing reign Queen Elizabeth B. -who took the throne in 1952- has so far seen 14 British prime ministers, 14 US presidents and 10 Soviet and Russian leaders. When overtaking her grandmother, Queen Victoria, as Britain’s longest-serving monarch in September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II said the milestone was not “one I have always aspired to”, adding: “Inevitably, a long life can pass many milestones. “Mine is no exception.”