Queen Elizabeth II has reached yet another milestone. Just last year, she surpassed Eleanor of Aquitaine, who ruled the Duchy of Aquitaine in her own right, as longest-reigning female ruler. In 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning British monarch. Now, she has surpassed Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria to become the fifth longest-reigning monarch in history.
Her Majesty has now been Queen for 24,826 days and counting. She won’t have to wait long for her next milestone. In just 44 days, she’ll beat Pascal the Great, who ruled the state of Palenque in Southern Mexico in the early 7th century for 24,870 days. However, the longest-reigning monarch in history remains King Louis XIV of France and he reigned for 26,407 days. Queen Elizabeth will reach that milestone on 24 May 2024, by which time she’ll be 98 years old.