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Which monarchs have had the longest reigns?

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Long to reign over us

The Queen is the world’s current longest-serving monarch, but two in history have had longer reigns.

– Louis XIV of France ascended the throne aged four in 1643 and served until his death in 1715 aged 76 – 72 years, 110 days on the throne. He was succeeded by his five-year-old great-grandson.

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