On this day in 1896, Queen Victoria set the record. Having been on the throne that day for 59 years and 97 days, she set the record for the longest reigning monarch in English History, beating the record set by her grandfather, George III. She went on to set a new record of 63 years and 216 Days as the ruling queen when she died in 1901. George the 3rd is now George the Third Place, as the current Reigning Monarch, Queen Elizabeth the Second is in, appropriately enough, Second Place…having reigned for 59 years and 227 days, and if she holds on for another few years she’ll take the crown, as it were, for the longest reigning British Monarch…sometime in September 2015. Mind you we’re talking only about United Kingdom Royalty here. Overall, Queen Victoria is in 38th place for the longest Reigning Monarch for which we have good records. The champ here is King Sobhuza the Second of Swaziland, who died in 1982 after not quite 83 years on the throne. In fact, he was crowned king of Swaziland while Victoria was still ruling England. The title of longest ruling monarch overall is thought to be Pharaoh Pepe II Neferkare of Egypt, who, the hieroglyphs suggest, reigned for 94 years, and died in 2184 BC. A Korean ruler named Taejo hung in there for a contested 93 years, and Ermanaric the Ostrogoth theoretically ran the show for 80 years and odd days, but he ran out of gas in 276 AD.
Album Notes: Grateful Acknowledgments to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8. Some Musical Motifs Written and Performed by Kevin McLeod, Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks. Some audio may be used under the Fair Use Doctrine.