Britain's Longest Reigning Monarchs



Shown Below Are The Fifteen British Monarchs Who Have Reigned For Twenty Five Years Or More


Britain's longest reigning king, King George III  

Britain’s longest reigning monarch is it's present monarch Queen Elisabeth II who has reigned over the country, it's former commonwealth and it's fourteen overseas territories for over sixty three years.

Elisabeth officially became monarch at the age of twenty five in February 1952 after the death of her father King George VI but she was not officially crowned for another sixteen months, in June 1953. Her coronation was the first in the world to be televised live and the first in the world to be filmed in colour.

2 - The country's second longest reigning monarch is House of  Hanover queen, Victoria, who ruled not only Britain but it's vast empire too during her mammoth sixty three year and seven month reign between 1837 and 1901, no mean feat for one who was born fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth in 1819.  


3 - The country's third longest reigning monarch is the country's longest reigning king, House of Hanover monarch, George III, who ruled from 1760 until 1820 with a reign of  59 years and three months.

However, due to both mental and physical illness, the last ten years of his monarchy had been overseen by his eldest son the Prince Regent, the future King George IV.  


4 - King James I of England had already been King James VI of Scotland for thirty three years when he took the crown of England in 1603. He went on to rule as joint monarch of both countries for another twenty two years before his death in 1625, culminating in him overseeing a fifty seven year and eight month long reign in all.

5 - In fourth place is Plantagenet king, Henry III, who ruled England for a staggering fifty six years and one month between 1216 and 1272, after having come to the throne at the age of just ten years old. 

6 - In fifth place is another Plantagenet king, Edward III, who attained his golden jubilee after a reign of of fifty years and four months between 1327 and 1377. He too began his reign as a young boy, coming to the throne at the age of just fourteen. 

7- In sixth place is Tudor queen Elisabeth I, England’s last Tudor monarch and the most influential ruler in British royal history. Her forty five year and three month reign spanned the years between 1558 to 1603.  

The inclusion of Elisabeth I on this list means that three of the country’s six queen regnants have attained rules of over forty five years. 


8 - In seventh place is Lancastrian king, Henry VI, with a thirty eight year and eleven month long reign between 1422 and 1471. His reign began when he was just nine months old, making him England’s youngest ever monarch. 


9 - The eighth longest reigning monarch is all time royal bad boy, Tudor king Henry VIII, whose infamous thirty seven years and nine month rule spanned the years between 1509 and 1547. 

10 - Norman king, Henry I, was the eighth born child of William the Conqueror and as such was never born to be king, but circumstances changed all that and Henry ended up ruling England for thirty five years and three months between 1100 and 1135. 


11 - Plantagenet king, Henry II,  was the son of Empress Matilda, who should have been the Queen of England herself 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 four years and eight month long 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. 


12 - King Edward I was another Plantagenet king who managed to attain over thirty four years on the throne, with a reign which spanned between 1272 and 1307, culminating in a thirty four year and seven month long reign. 

13 - House of Hanover 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 years and four month long reign between 1727 and 1760. 

14 - House of Windsor 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 five years and eight months between 1910 and 1936, an era which included the dark years of World War One. 

15 -  Stuart monarch King Charles II had actually reigned for an overall period of thirty six years and one week but his reign was officially in two parts, or just one part if you consider yourself a staunch royalist and count the eight years that he was forced to live in exile. 

Charles first came to the throne after the death of his father in 1649 and reigned for just five years before he was ousted by parliament in 1653, after England had became a republic and was ruled ruled by a de–facto council of state led by Oliver Cromwell. 

During Cromwell and his son Richard's six year protectorate Charles had been living in exile in France but returned in 1660 to resume his rightful place upon the throne, where he went on to rule for a further unbroken period of twenty five years.   

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