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Kings and Queens: Length of Reign

This page has gained relevance over recent years as Elizabeth II has broken every previous British record.

No. Name ReignAAS YORAADCause of death
1 Click to show or hide the answer 1952 – 25  
2 Click to show or hide the answer 1837 – 1901186481.243Old age
3 Click to show or hide the answer 1760 – 182022 59.9681.239Old age
4 Click to show or hide the answer 1216 – 127295665Old age
5 Click to show or hide the answer 1327 – 1377145064Old age
6 Click to show or hide the answer 1558 – 1603254569Tonsillar abcess
7 Click to show or hide the answer 1422 – 14610.839.039Murdered
8 Click to show or hide the answer 1509 – 15471737.955Sinusitis / periostitis
9 Click to show or hide the answer 1100 – 11353235.467Fever
10 Click to show or hide the answer 1154 – 11892134.25956Fever
11 Click to show or hide the answer 1272 – 13073334.23068?
12 Click to show or hide the answer 1727 – 1760443376Coronary thrombosis
13 Click to show or hide the answer 1910 – 1936442670Bronchitis
14 Click to show or hide the answer 1660 – 16853024.854Uraemia
15 Click to show or hide the answer 1625 – 16492424.048Beheaded
16 Click to show or hide the answer 1485 – 15092823.852Rheumatoid arthritis / gout
17 Click to show or hide the answer 1377 – 13991022.333Neuroasthaemia
18 Click to show or hide the answer 1603 – 16253622.058Bright's disease
19 Click to show or hide the answer 1461 – 14831821.740Pneumonia
20 Click to show or hide the answer 1066 – 10873920.959Riding injury
21 Click to show or hide the answer 1307 – 13272319.643Murdered
22 Click to show or hide the answer 1135 – 115435/3918.554/48Heart attack
23 Click to show or hide the answer 1199 – 12163117.548Dysentry
24 Click to show or hide the answer 1936 – 19524015.256Lung cancer
25 Click to show or hide the answer 1399 – 14133313.646?Eczema / gout
26 Click to show or hide the answer 1689 – 17023813.151Pleuropneumonia
27 Click to show or hide the answer 1087 – 110027/3112.1140/44Hunting accident
28 Click to show or hide the answer 1714 – 17275412.1067Coronary thrombosis
29 Click to show or hide the answer 1702 – 17143712.549Cerebral haemorrhage
30 Click to show or hide the answer 1820 – 18305710.567Rupture of blood vessels in stomach
31 Click to show or hide the answer 1189 – 1199329.841Arrow wound
32 Click to show or hide the answer 1413 – 1422259.634Dysentry
33 Click to show or hide the answer 1901 – 1910599.468Bronchitis
34 Click to show or hide the answer 1830 – 1837647.071Pleuropneumonia
35 Click to show or hide the answer 1547 – 155396.615Pulmonary thrombosis
36 Click to show or hide the answer 1689 – 1694265.1032Smallpox / pneumonia
37 Click to show or hide the answer 1553 – 1558375.442Influenza
38 Click to show or hide the answer 1685 – 1688513.1067Cerebral haemorrhage
39 Click to show or hide the answer 1483 – 1485302.232Killed in battle
40 Click to show or hide the answer Jan – Dec 1936410.1177Throat cancer
41 Click to show or hide the answer Apr – Nov 1141390.765?
42 Click to show or hide the answer Apr – Jun 1483120.213/16Murdered?
43 Click to show or hide the answer 6(10)–19 Jul 1553150.016Beheaded

Depositions (etc.)

Six kings and one queen did not die as monarch:

1327 Imprisoned on 16 November 1326, deposed by Parliament on 20 January 1327 (succeeded by his son Edward III) and murdered in Berkeley Castle on 21 September 1327 Click to show or hide the answer
1399 Grandson of Edward III: imprisoned by his cousin Henry IV on 19 August 1399, deposed by him on 30 September 1399, and died in prison in February 1400 Click to show or hide the answer
1471 Grandson of Henry IV: usurped by his cousin Edward IV on II April 1471 (for the second time) and murdered by stabbing in the Tower of London on 21 May 1471 Click to show or hide the answer
1483 Son of Edward IV: usurped by his uncle Richard III on 25 June 1483 and died (murdered, according to tradition) in 1483 or 1486 Click to show or hide the answer
1553 Deposed on 19 July 1553, succeeded by her second cousin once removed upwards Mary I, and beheaded on 12 February 1554 Click to show or hide the answer
1688 Deemed "by legal fiction" to have ended his reign by flight on 11 December 1688. He died in France in 1701 Click to show or hide the answer
1936 Abdicated on 11 December 1936 in order to marry Bessie Wallis Simpson, a divorcee. He died in Paris in 1977 Click to show or hide the answer

Landmarks for Elizabeth II

16 December 2007 Replaced as the 2nd oldest reigning monarch ever Click to show or hide the answer
20 December 2007 Replaced as the oldest reigning British monarch ever Click to show or hide the answer
5 March 2008 Replaced as the 3rd longest reigning monarch ever Click to show or hide the answer
13 May 2011 Replaced as the 2nd longest reigning monarch ever Click to show or hide the answer
12 September 2013 Replaced by Prince Charles as the oldest ever heir apparent Click to show or hide the answer

Sophia of Hanover was declared the rightful heir to Queen Anne by the Act of Settlement of 1701, but never became Queen because she died in 1714 at the age of 83, two months before Anne. Sophia's son was duly crowned George I.

15 April 2011 Replaced by Prince Charles as the longest-serving heir apparent Click to show or hide the answer

Prince Charles was 3 years and 84 days old when he became heir apparent on the death of his grandfather (George VI) and the accession of his mother.

9 September 2015 Replaced as the longest reigning British monarch ever Click to show or hide the answer
26 May 2024 Longest reigning monarch of a major European country, to date (came to the throne aged 4 years and 8 months, and died four days before his 77th birthday): will be replaced by Elizabeth if she continues until this date. By this time she will be 98 years and 35 days old Click to show or hide the answer

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