Shown Below Are The Fourteen British Monarchs Who Have Reigned For Twenty Five Years Or More
1 - Britain’s longest reigning monarch was Hanoverian queen, Victoria, who ruled not only Britain, but the British Empire, during her mammoth reign from 1837 to 1901, making her sixty three year reign both an English and British record breaker.
2 - In second place we have House of Windsor queen, Elisabeth II, who began her reign in 1952 and celebrated her diamond jubilee of sixty years in 2012.
Queen Elisabeth officially became queen in February 1952 and was crowned in June 1953.
3 - In third place is Hanoverian king, George III, who ruled from 1760 until 1820 with a reign of just over 59 years, making him Britain's longest reigning king.
However, due to both mental and physical illness, the last ten years of his monarchy was overseen by his son the Prince Regent.
4 - In fourth place we have Plantagenet king, Henry III, who ruled England for a staggering fifty six years, having come to the throne at the age of just ten years old. His reign was from 1216 to 1272.
5 - In fifth place is another Plantagenet king, Edward III, who attained his golden jubilee with his fifty year reign between 1327 and 1377. He too began his reign as a boy king, coming to the throne at the age of just fourteen.
6 - In sixth place we have Tudor queen Elisabeth I, England’s last Tudor monarch and most influential ruler in British royal history. Her forty five year reign spanned the years from 1558 to 1603.
The inclusion of Elisabeth I on this list, means that three of the country’s six official queen regnants have attained rules of over forty five years.
7 - In seventh place we have Lancastrian king, Henry VI, whose thirty nine year rule between 1422 and 1471, began when he was just nine months old, making him England’s youngest ever monarch.
8 - The eighth longest reigning monarch is all time favourite royal bad boy, Tudor king Henry VIII, whose imfamous thirty eight year rule spanned the years between 1509 and 1547.
9 - Norman king, Henry I, was the eighth born child of William the Conqueror and as such was never born to be king, but circumstances decreed that Henry should be king, and he ended up ruling England for thirty five years between 1100 and 1135.
10 - Plantagenet king, Henry II, was the son of Empress Matilda, who should have been Queen of England but was usurped by her cousin Stephen of Bloise, an act which caused a nineteen year historical period known as the Anarchy.
Henry’s rightful place on the throne during his thirty five year reign from 1154 until 1189 put an end to that awful period of English history and ensured that never again would a queen be denied her rightful place upon the English throne.
11 - King Edward I was another Plantagenet king who attained thirty five years on the throne. He is the king most remembered for erecting the twelve wooden, Eleanor Crosses, in memory of his beloved wife and Queen Consort, Eleanor of Castille, which were located along the route that her body was transported back to London for burial after her death in Lincoln in 1290.
Edward’s reign spanned the years between 1272 and 1307.
12 - Hanoverian king, George II, was the last British king to be born on foreign soil and renowned for being the last British king to take an army into battle during his thirty three year reign between 1727 and 1760.
13 - Windsorian king, George V, was never meant to be king at all, but became heir apparent after the sudden death of his elder brother Albert. Subsequently George V went on to reign for twenty six years between the years of 1910 and 1936, an era which included the period during the first World War.
14 - Last but not least, and the only Stuart monarch to make it onto this list, is King Charles II, who managed to chalk up a quarter of a century with his twenty five year reign of Great Britain and Ireland between the years of 1660 and 1685, although he had officially been king since 1649, the year which marked the height of the English Civil War (1649 – 1660) and culminated in England being ruled by a de – facto council of state headed by Oliver Cromwell.
Upon Cromwell's death in 1658, Charles made plans to return from exile abroad and resume his rightful place upon the throne of Britain, an act which resulted in the British period of history known as the Restoration of the Monarchy.