Ooops! I jumped the gun by posting this yesterday. I was supposed to post this today!!
Today marks the 61st anniversary of the accession to the throne for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her father, King George VI, died at the age of 56 in 1952 on this date. For those of us interested in Royalty this is a day we may honor and celebrate. For the Queen it is the day her father died so I can understand her not wanting to celebrate this day.
On an another interesting note, she is closing in on being Britain’s longest-serving monarch. She surpassed King George III who reigned 59 years. His granddaughter, Queen Victoria, the present queen’s great-great grandmother, still holds the record at 63 years, 216 days.
Here are some interesting facts (courtesy of Wikipedia)
- 11 September 2015, she would surpass Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British and Commonwealth history (as well as the longest-reigning female monarch in world history). At that point she would be 89 years,143 days old.
- 6 February 2022, she would celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne. At that point she would be 95 years, 291 days old.
- 27 May 2024, she would surpass 72 years held by Louis XIV of France as the longest reigning monarch in European history. At that point she would be 98 years, 36 days old.
- 19 October 2034, she would surpass Sobhuza II of Swaziland as the longest verifiably reigning monarch in history. At that point she would be 108 years, 181 days old and would have reigned for 82 years.
I do not think her majesty will live to be 108 (but you never know). However, it does seem plausible that she could break Louis XIV’s record. At age 86 she is still in good health. Although everyone points to the fact that her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, lived to be 101 (5 months shy of reaching 102) that is no guarantee that her daughter will live as long. But we can hope!