10 Of The Most Longest Reigning Monarchs In History

In the history of the world, there have been many rulers who have reigned for a long time.

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A few of these monarchs dominated for lots of of years and a few even multiple thousand years.

On this article, we are going to check out 10 of probably the most longest reigning monarchs in historical past.

  1. 1 Louis XIV of France – 72 years and 110 days

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    Louis XIV, also called Louis the Great, Louis the Grand Monarch, or the Sun King, was the King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. 

    During one of his country's most important times, he was known for running things from his big palace at Versailles. Internationally, he grew France's eastern borders by fighting several wars against the Habsburgs between 1667 and 1697. Then, in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14), he joined a group of European countries that were against him to get his grandson on the Spanish throne.

  2. 2 Elizabeth II, United Kingdom - 70-year-reign

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    Elizabeth II is the queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She is also head of the Commonwealth Realms. Elizabeth was born in 1926 to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She became queen at age 25 upon her father's death in 1952. Her coronation took place the following year. During her reign, she has seen 12 British prime ministers come and go. The longest-serving was Margaret Thatcher, who served from 1979 to 1990. Elizabeth is Britain's 40th monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown in 1066.

  3. 3 Sultan Abdullah of Pahang - 70 years

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    Sultan Abdullah ibn Ahmad Shah was born on October 3rd, 1924 in Pekan, Pahang as Tunku Besar Mahmud ibni Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. 

    He reigned as Yang di-Pertuan Agong for two terms (1979–1984) and Sultan of Pahang between 1974 until his death on January 11th, 2019, after 45 years on throne making him Malaysia’s longest reigning monarch ever besting Tuanku Abdul Rahman whom previously held the record at 44 years from 1957 until his death in 1960. 

    He died peacefully at Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur surrounded by family members according to a statement released by Istana Negara.

  4. 4 Franz Joseph, Austria (67-year reign)

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    Franz Joseph I or Francis Joseph I (German: Franz Josef Otto Anton Karl Maria von Habsburg-Lothringen; 18 August 1830 – 21 November 1916) was Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, King of Bohemia (as Francis), and monarch of many other states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

    From 1526 to 1918, he was also hereditary head of state and ruler in Prussia. The second and longest-reigning emperor in Austrian history ruled for sixty-eight years.

  5. 5 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei (50-year reign)


    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has been on the throne since 1967, making him one of the longest reigning monarchs in history. He is also one of the world’s wealthiest men, with a personal fortune estimated at $20 billion. The Sultan has been known for his lavish lifestyle and extensive collection of luxury cars and properties. In recent years, he has worked to modernize Brunei and improve its economy and infrastructure.

  6. 6 Louis XV, France (58-year reign)

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    Louis XV, also called Louis the Beloved (French: Louis le bien aimé; 13 April 1710 – 10 May 1774), was King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death in 1774. He succeeded his great-grandfather, Louis XIV at the age of five. 

    Under the guidance of Cardinal Fleury and tutors, Louis XV learned about wars and diplomacy, but neglected to learn how to rule. At the age of fifteen, he married Marie Leszczyńska, a Polish princess who had been raised in France since childhood. She died eight years later after bearing him four daughters and two sons. 

    As a result of dynastic inconstancy in prior centuries—the frequent occurrence whereby one branch or another produced an heir while current monarchs still had living children by a previous marriage—it was possible for more than one individual to hold legitimate claim as king or queen consort at any given time.

  7. 7 Kangzi Emperor, China (61-year reign)


    The Kangzi Emperor (r. 1661-1722) was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty, and the second Qing emperor to rule over China for more than 60 years. He presided over one of the most prosperous periods in Chinese history, and his reign was marked by significant political, military, and cultural achievements. However, his lengthy reign also saw several natural disasters and uprisings that damaged the empire's stability.

  8. 8 Peter I of Russia (53 years)

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    Peter I (r. 1682-1725), also known as Peter the Great, was a Russian tsar who transformed his country into a major European power through a series of sweeping military, political, and cultural reforms. He expanded the Russian Empire by conquering new territories in Europe and Asia, including the Baltic region and Siberia. He also modernized Russia's army and navy which helped them defeat Sweden in several important wars during his reign. 

    Lastly, he participated in Westernization efforts that included moving the capital from Moscow to Saint Petersburg and introducing new laws and customs inspired by Western Europe.

  9. 9 Christian IV, Denmark-Norway (59-year reign)

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    Christian IV was the king of Denmark-Norway from 1603 until his death in 1648. He was one of the most popular monarchs in European history, and he is remembered for his long reign, successful military campaigns, and patronage of the arts.

    Christian IV's 59-year reign is the second longest in Danish history, only surpassed by that of his son, Frederick III. His great majority of 61 years is also the longest ever attained by a Scandinavian monarch.

  10. 10 Afonso I, Portugal (57-year reign)

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    Afonso I, also called Afonso Henriques, was the first king of Portugal. He was born in 1109 in Guimarães, and he died in 1185 in Coimbra. 

    He is most remembered for leading the reconquest of Portugal from the Moors (Muslims who ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula), which he began in 1128 when he captured Lisbon. By 1139, all of Portugal was under Christian rule again.

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