Buckingham Palace through a press release announced that Queen Elizabeth has been placed under medical supervision. Currently there are still few details about the situation but a release like this is widely described as rare. But what are Kings and Queens of England & Britain? What has been the longest reign to date and who in the event of death would be the king or queen after Elizabeth?
Elizabeth II: the longest-reigning monarch
What are the longest-lived kings and queens of England to date? Currently the longest-serving Queen is Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth began her reign on February 6, 1952, a few years after the end of World War II. Since then the Queen has ruled for more than 70 years thus surpassing Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria was in fact Queen from June 20, 1837 to January 22, 1901 and died at the age of 81 years and 243 days. In contrast, the King who ruled the longest was George III who was in charge from Oct. 25, 1760 to Jan. 29, 1820. George III was monarch for almost 60 years: more precisely 59 years and 97 days.
The reigns of Elizabeth the Second, Victoria and George III are the only three reigns that are over 50 years old. In fourth position with the longest reign we find George II who remained King from 11 June 1727 to 25 October 1760. Then follow George V, from 6 May 1910 to 20 January 1936 with 25 years and 260 of reign and George VI with 15 years and 58 days. Queen Anne was the Queen who died the youngest, at 49 years and 176 days. The Queens with the most advanced age are Queen Elizabeth who is currently over 96 years old and Victoria who died at 81 years and 243 days.
Abdication of Edward VIII
While Queen Elizabeth is to date the longest-serving Queen, Edward VIII has been the longest-serving King of the United Kingdom. Edward VIII’s reign lasted only 327 days, less than a year. He took office on January 20, 1936 and lasted until December 11, 1936 when he abdicated. The abdication stemmed from an istutizonal crisis procured by the re-emperor’s desire to displace Wallis Simpsons. Simpsons in fact was divorced at the time and the rules did not allow Edward to be able to marry someone already divorced. Edward’s steadfast desire to marry Simpsons thus led as early as December 1936 to his abdication. After Edward it was then the turn of King George VI who remained in office until February 6, 1952.
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