Five of the world's longest-reigning monarchs
The death of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej means Queen Elizabeth II of Britain and the Commonwealth Realms becomes the world's longest reigning monarch.
But who else has held their hereditary position for decades?
King Bhumibol Adulyadej King Bhumibol, or Rama IX, has died aged 88. His death brings to an end a reign of more than 70 years as he ascended the Thai throne on 9 June 1946.
He has spent much of the last year in hospital and in recent years has been rarely seen in public. His only son with Queen Sirikit, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is his heir. The couple also have three... read more
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