Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II overtook the King of Thailand on Sunday to become the world’s second longest-reigning monarch, after Louis XIV of France.
The UK celebrated the 96-year-old Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to mark 70 years of service to the nation with big events taking place over the weekend.
Now she has overtaken Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for 70 years and 126 days between 1927 and 2016, to set a new record. Louis XIV of France remains the oldest monarch, with a reign of 72 years and 110 days from 1643 to 1715.
Crowned in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest-serving monarch in September 2015, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
After four days of royal parades, street parties, pageantry and other events across the UK and Commonwealth to mark the Platinum Jubilee milestone, the monarch thanked the nation in a letter, saying that she had been “humbled and deeply touched”, and that “this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come”.
“When it comes to knowing how to mark 70 years as Queen, there is no guide to follow. This is truly a first,” the letter read.
“I was touched and deeply moved that so many people took to the streets to celebrate my platinum jubilee,” she said.
The Queen has been plagued with age-related mobility issues and opted to miss some of the events, along with her son and heir apparent Prince Charles and second in line Prince William and close ranks of the royal family. She appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the Jubilee Pageant as the long bank holiday weekend came to an end.
Meanwhile, ‘The Sunday Times’ reports that William – the Duke of Cambridge – will celebrate his 40th birthday next week by moving his family from London to Berkshire.
Her eldest son, Prince George, 8, and daughter, Princess Charlotte, 7, will leave their preparatory school in London at the end of this term and are expected to enroll in a school near Windsor, the permanent residence of the queen since the pandemic.
William and Kate’s youngest son Prince Louis, 4, who became a media sensation after his ecstatic and playful displays at Platinum Jubilee celebrations, is set to start his education at Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the future king and queen, will move into a house at the monarch’s Windsor Estate this summer. In time, they are expected to move into “the big house” or the castle, as Charles, the Prince of Wales, does not plan to spend as much time at Windsor Castle when he is king as the queen does now.
According to the newspaper, Kensington Palace will remain William and Kate’s London home, housing their private and press office, and they will frequently visit Anmer Hall, their East of England family home in Norfolk.
“They love it up there – it’s their happy place,” a friend of William’s said. Their plan is to make Anmer a permanent base “after the school years”.
It marks a gradual sign of transition for the country’s royal family as the next generation is lined up for succession.
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