This could be important, as both their predecessors died in the early hours of the morning!

Ann

Ann, what two predecessors are you referring to exactly?

I could be wrong but I thought Victoria died in the early

evening hours of 22 January, 1901?

While passing Victoria is obviously a milestone, I think the Queen should have her sights set on conquering all adult monarchs!

**Longest Reigning Monarch**Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland - 82-years, 254-days

**Longest Reigning European Monarch**Bernard VII, Lord of Lippe - 81-years, 234-days

She'll likely never catch these two, but what if we altered the definition of what it is to rule? Sobhuza was only five-months old when he inherited the throne in December, 1899, and Bernard was all of eight months when he came into power way back in 1429. Obviously these two would have needed some sort of regent to assist them until they came of age. Hard to know what age that is exactly but, for the sake of discussion, lets say one needs to be

**sixteen** in order to act in the capacity of an adult (I believe 16 also happens to be the "qualifying" age to rule independently in several historical monarchies).

This would mean we could knock about 15-years, 7-months off the reign of Sobhuza and 15-years, 4-months from Bernard, bringing their totals to a little over 67 & 66-years respectively. But this is far exceeded by Johannes II of Liechtenstein who was already eighteen when his 70+ year reign as prince began. Christian Augustus, Count Palatine of Sulzbach also reigned for 75-years, 253-days but did not come into power until he was ten-years old. Docking him the 6-years only brings his total up to 69-years, 272-days. Alberico I Cybo-Malaspina was in power for 69-years, 226-days. Heinrich Joseph Johann of Auersperg is at 69-years, 95-days. Franz Joseph as we're all aware reigned for nearly 68-years, all as an adult. William IV, Count of Henneberg-Schleusingen is also higher at an estimated 67-years, 243-days, and Werner, Count of Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck is right behind at 67-years, 183-days. This tops Sobhuza by about five-months.

I've recreated the list based on that adjusted criteria. Have a look...

**Longest Reigning "Adult" Monarchs****1)** Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein -

**70-years, 91-days****2)** Christian Augustus, Count Palatine of Sulzbach -

**69-years, 272-days****3)** Alberico I Cybo-Malaspina, Marquis of Massa & Carrara / Prince of Massa -

**69-years, 226-days****4)** nHeinrich Joseph Johann of Auersperg -

**69-years, 95-days****5)** Franz Joseph I of Austria -

**67-years, 355-days****6)** **Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand** -

**67-years, 333-days****7)** William IV, Count of Henneberg-Schleusingen -

**67-years, 243-days (est.)****8 )** Werner, Count of Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck -

**67-years, 183-days****9)** Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland -

**67-years, 30-days****10)** Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden -

**66-years, 168-days****11)** Bernard VII, Lord of Lippe -

**66-years, 141-days****12)** Vikramatji Khimojiraj, Maharaja of Porbandar -

**65-years, 20-days****13)** K'inich Janaab' Pakal, Rules of Palenque -

**64-years, 169-days****14)** Eleanor of Aquitaine -

**63-years, 349-days (est.)****15)** Sultan Ibrahim of Johor -

**63-years, 338-days****16)** Count Anton Günther von Oldenburg and Delmenhorst -

**63-years, 219-days****17)** **Queen Victoria of the UK** -

**63-years, 216-days****18)** Isa ibn Ali Al Khalifa, Hakim of Bahrain -

**63-years, 8-days****19)** Nawab Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim Khan Salarzai of Tonk -

**62-years, 185-days****20)** Maharaja Bhagvatsingh Sahib, Maharaja of Gondal -

**62-years, 137-days****21)** Heinrich XI, Prince Reuss of Greiz -

**62-years, 102-days****21)** Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah -

**62-years, 102-days****23)** **Queen Elizabeth II of the UK** -

**62-years, 91-days**So Her Royal Majesty the Queen will surpass Victoria in

**1-year and 125-days**. In exactly eight-years, should she manage to live/reign that long, she'll match Johann II's current record for longest reigning adult monarch. Problem is that she's also still chasing King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand who is the current longest reigning monarch and continues adding to his total by the day. He definitely has Johann II in his sights and would need to live & reign for only 2-more years and 124-days to set the record.

Good luck to both of them in their longevity quest!