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http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~royalty/ips/a/athgarh.html

Raja Radhanath Bebarta of Athgarh, who acceded on June 22nd, 1918, and is still kicking at the age of 102 today, December 4th, 2011, after a rightful reign of 93 years, 5 months, and 12 days, and it's still going up! 

Otto I of Austria comes in second, with a reign of, at minimum, 84 years and 9 months!

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An amazing record of longevity. Thank you for the research. Now we just need to restore the Raja! King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand holds the record of actually reigning monarchs alive today at 65 years, 178 days as of today.
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however, should a reign still count after a given ruler has been overthrown or become a non-ruler for whatever reason?
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I would say yes, as everybody knows abolishing a monarchy is treason and illegal.
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Originally Posted by KYMonarchist
I would say yes, as everybody knows abolishing a monarchy is treason and illegal.


Just to play devil's advocate, what if one was abolishing an illegitimate monarchy. Say in a what if France had forced Switzerland to become a princedom during the reign of Louis XIV ( or whoever you care to replace there).
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An amazing record of longevity. Thank you for the research. Now we just need to restore the Raja! King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand holds the record of actually reigning monarchs alive today at 65 years, 178 days as of today.

Bhumibol Adulyadej has the 34th-longest precisely-dated reign of all the monarchs in world history.

He has the 53rd-longest reign of all monarchs in world history, including those whose reigns are not precisely dated.

I left out three disputed cases, however, and King Bhumibol drops to 56th-longest reigning if they are included.

And when I add Raja Radhanath Bebarta and Otto von Habsburg owing to their long pretenderships, King Bhumibol falls to 58th-longest reigning monarch in world history on the list that includes those who were rightful monarchs.

The proper number so far for King Bhumibol is that he is definitely the 53rd-longest-reigning monarch in the entire history of the world, as no monarchs have had a not-precisely-dated reign of 65 years, thus allowing one to add in the 19 monarchs whose not-precisely-dated reigns are undisputedly longer than that of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


If any one is wondering, Elizabeth II has the 69th-longest precisely-dated reign of all the monarchs in world history. And when including those monarchs who have had undisputed but not precisely dated reigns of 59+ years, she becomes one of the top 113 longest-reigning monarchs in world history. Except that there would then be five more monarchs who reigned less time than Elizabeth II but managed at least 59 years on the throne, and so must be counted if we count the imprecise 59-year-reigns, so Queen Elizabeth II is in fact undisputedly among the top 118 longest-reigning monarchs in history.

The top 118 undisputedly longest-reigning monarchs in history, and two of them are alive today. Imagine how incredible that kind of a reign is given the sheer number (certainly thousands, likely tens of thousands) of monarchs that have lived and reigned throughout all the history of the world. You will be amazed. Remember, Egypt had only 605 maximum monarchs in over 5,000 years, and the British Isles excluding Ireland contained 1,000 monarchs in recorded history there. Not counting the vast numbers of monarchs of other land and peoples there have been in the world. And two today are among the top 118 to reign in the whole history of the world. Imagine and be awed. Wow.

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Some further interesting factoids now.

If the King of Thailand is still alive and reigning on September 10th, 2012, he becomes the 50th longest reigning monarch in world history. He's currently number 51.

If the Queen can make it to my next birthday and still be on the throne, she becomes one of the 86 longest reigning monarchs in world history. She's currently at number 103.
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