Queen takes over longest reign mantle after Thailand's King Bhumibol dies
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand had reigned since June 9 1946, and was two years younger than the Queen.
Following his death aged 88, Elizabeth II takes up the position as the longest serving current head of state on the planet.
But she is unlikely to acknowledge such a record, particularly as the Thai people are grieving for their revered head of state.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej - whose name means "strength of the land, incomparable power" - had been in poor health for a number of years and was rarely seen in public.
His popularity stemmed partly from his long reign, but he was... read more
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