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The Queen is now the world's oldest monarch

This comes after the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The Queen during her Christmas speech last year
The Queen during her Christmas speech last year
Image: John Stillwell

THE DEATH OF King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has meant that Queen Elizabeth is now the world’s oldest monarch.

The Queen, who is set to turn 89 in April, is two years younger than King Abdullah was, who passed away at the age of 90.

Prince Charles is set to travel to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to pay his respects to the deceased king who he is said to have counted as a personal friend. 

Longest serving

Queen Elizabeth is still not the longest serving monarch however. That title goes to Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who has held his position for more than 68 years – having become King in 1946. The Queen has held her position for almost 63 years.

The longest serving British monarch of all time was Queen Victoria, who reigned for just over 64 years between 1837 and 1901.

The current Queen is set to surpass the record set by her great-great grandmother in September.

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