Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II broke a new record by officially becoming the world’s second-longest-reigning monarch ever. The longest-reigning was King Louis XIV of France, who ruled for 72 years between 1643 and 1715. Queen Elizabeth’s reign has lasted 70 years.
This exciting milestone closely follows the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which began earlier in June in honor of her seven decades on the throne. Despite her age, the 96-year-old ruler made a surprise appearance at the events last weekend, and Buckingham Palace released a statement on her behalf thanking the nation for their efforts.
“When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow,” it began. “It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my platinum jubilee.
“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family. I have been inspired by the kindness, joy, and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come. I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”
The Queen’s prodigious lifespan is no accident. She exercises sensibly, eats a balanced diet, and has always adapted well to the major changes the world has seen over the last century. May she continue to enjoy her prodigious and healthy life. Long live the Queen!