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duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1248813.  Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:10 pm Reply with quote

It's a sobering thought that the now 95 year old King Michael of Romania would be the longest reigning monarch in the world had he been allowed to or, indeed, had chosen to stay so.

The Queen's been on the throne since Feb 1952, King Rama IX of Thailand acceded in June 1946. Michael succeeded his father in September 1940 and that's not counting his brief reign as a child 1927-30.

 
suze
1248828.  Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:31 pm Reply with quote

King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) died last October at the age of 88, although in line with Thai custom his funeral has yet to take place. His successor King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) was 64 when his father died, so not as old as Prince Charles will be when he accedes to the throne.

King Michael's heir presumptive Crown Princess Margareta is also younger than Prince Charles. Since Margareta did not marry until she was 47 and hence never had children, her heir presumptive is her sister.


It is very much a matter of definition whether one accepts the 14th Dalai Lama as being a reigning monarch, and also when one considers his reign to have begun. His coronation was on 22 Feb 1940, but he was four years old at the time and his status as Dalai Lama was vaguely "provisional" for the next decade.


Had not his country been so tiresome as to abolish its monarchy in 1918, Otto von Habsburg would have been Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary from his father's death on 1 April 1922 until his own death on 4 July 2011. He died a couple months shy of his 99th birthday, and would have been Emperor/King for 89 years and 95 days.

Unfortunately, there is no film of the fist fight he is believed to have had with Ian Paisley in the chamber of the European Parliament in 1988, when Paisley was 62 and Habsburg 75!

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1249052.  Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:48 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) died last October at the age of 88, although in line with Thai custom his funeral has yet to take place. His successor King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) was 64 when his father died, so not as old as Prince Charles will be when he accedes to the throne.

King Michael's heir presumptive Crown Princess Margareta is also younger than Prince Charles. Since Margareta did not marry until she was 47 and hence never had children, her heir presumptive is her sister.


It is very much a matter of definition whether one accepts the 14th Dalai Lama as being a reigning monarch, and also when one considers his reign to have begun. His coronation was on 22 Feb 1940, but he was four years old at the time and his status as Dalai Lama was vaguely "provisional" for the next decade.


Had not his country been so tiresome as to abolish its monarchy in 1918, Otto von Habsburg would have been Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary from his father's death on 1 April 1922 until his own death on 4 July 2011. He died a couple months shy of his 99th birthday, and would have been Emperor/King for 89 years and 95 days.

Unfortunately, there is no film of the fist fight he is believed to have had with Ian Paisley in the chamber of the European Parliament in 1988, when Paisley was 62 and Habsburg 75!


Indeed, Otto von Habsburg would have surpassed King Sobhuza II of Swaziland by 6 years. Thus making him the longest reigning monarch in the world.

Pharaoh Pepi II of the 6th Dynasty is often granted this honour but I don't think he can be counted since it is uncertain when he was born or died.

 

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