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Kings & Queens - by Length of Reign

King & Queens by age  |  King & Queens by age of accession

 MonarchDatesLength of Reign
1.Queen VictoriaAscended: June 20, 1837 -
Died: January 22, 1901
63 years 7 months 2 days
2.Queen Elizabeth IIAscended: February 6, 1952 -
Today: 19 December 2014
62 years 10 months 12 days
3.King George IIIAscended: October 25, 1760 -
Died: January 29, 1820
59 years 3 months 2 days
4.King Henry IIIAscended: October 18, 1216 -
Died: November 16, 1272
56 years 29 days
5.King Edward IIIAscended: January 25, 1327 -
Died: June 21, 1377
50 years 4 months 25 days
6.Queen Elizabeth IAscended: November 17, 1558 -
Died: March 24, 1603
44 years 4 months 5 days
7.King Henry VIAscended: September 1, 1422 -
Deposed March 4, 1461, Restored Oct 3, 1470, Died: May 21, 1471
39 years 1 months 18 days
8.King Aethelred II The UnreadyAscended: March 18, 978 -
Died: April 23, 1016
38 years 1 months 5 days
9.King Henry VIIIAscended: April 21, 1509 -
Died: January 28, 1547
37 years 9 months 7 days
10.King Henry IAscended: August 3, 1100 -
Died: December 2, 1135
35 years 3 months 28 days
11.King Henry IIAscended: October 25, 1154 -
Died: July 6, 1189
34 years 8 months 11 days
12.King Edward I LongshanksAscended: November 20, 1272 -
Died: July 7, 1307
34 years 7 months 14 days
13.King George IIAscended: June 11, 1727 -
Died: October 25, 1760,
Note: Adjusted for change from Julian to Gregorian calendar 1751/1752
33 years 1 months 14 days
14.King George VAscended: May 6, 1910 -
Died: January 20, 1936
25 years 8 months 15 days
15.King Charles IIAscended: May 29, 1660 -
Died: February 6, 1685
24 years 8 months 9 days
16.King Charles IAscended: March 27, 1625 -
Died: January 30, 1649
23 years 10 months 4 days
17.King Henry VIIAscended: August 22, 1485 -
Died: April 21, 1509
23 years 7 months 28 days
18.King Edward The ConfessorAscended: June 8, 1042 -
Died: January 5, 1066
23 years 6 months 28 days
19.King Richard IIAscended: June 22, 1377 -
Died: February 14, 1400
22 years 7 months 23 days
20.King James IAscended: March 24, 1603 -
Died: March 27, 1625,
King of Scotland 57 years 1567-1625
22 years 3 days
21.King Edward IVAscended: March 4, 1461 -
Deposed October 3, 1470, Restored May 21, 1471, Died: April 9, 1483
21 years 5 months 18 days
22.King William I The ConquerorAscended: December 25, 1066 -
Died: September 9, 1087
20 years 8 months 14 days
23.King Edward IIAscended: July 8, 1307 -
Died: September 21, 1327
20 years 2 months 14 days
24.King Cnut (Canute)Ascended: November 30, 1016 -
Died: November 12, 1035
18 years 11 months 11 days
25.King StephenAscended: December 22, 1135 -
Died: October 25, 1154
18 years 10 months 3 days
26.King JohnAscended: April 6, 1199 -
Died: October 18, 1216
17 years 6 months 13 days
27.King AthelstanAscended: July 17, 924 -
Died: October 27, 940
16 years 3 months 10 days
28.King EdgarAscended: October 1, 959 -
Died: July 8, 975
15 years 9 months 6 days
29.King George VIAscended: Dec 11, 1936 -
Died: February 6, 1952
15 years 1 months 25 days
30.King Henry IVAscended: September 30, 1399 -
Died: March 20, 1413
13 years 5 months 18 days
31.King William III and Queen Mary IIAscended: February 13, 1689 -
Died: March 8, 1702
13 years 21 days
32.King William II RufusAscended: September 9, 1087 -
Died: August 2, 1100
12 years 10 months 22 days
33.King George IAscended: August 1, 1714 -
Died: June 11, 1727
12 years 10 months 9 days
34.Queen AnneAscended: March 8, 1702 -
Died: August 1, 1714
12 years 4 months 24 days
35.King George IVAscended: January 29, 1820 -
Died: June 26, 1830
10 years 4 months 26 days
36.King Richard I The Lion HeartAscended: July 6, 1189 -
Died: April 6, 1199
9 years 8 months 30 days
37.King EdredAscended: May 26, 946 -
Died: November 23, 955
9 years 5 months 28 days
38.King Henry VAscended: March 20, 1413 -
Died: August 31, 1422
9 years 5 months 11 days
39.King Edward VIIAscended: January 22, 1901 -
Died: May 6, 1910
9 years 3 months 12 days
40.King William IVAscended: June 26, 1830 -
Died: June 20, 1837
6 years 11 months 24 days
41.King Edward VIAscended: January 28, 1547 -
Died: July 6, 1553
6 years 5 months 7 days
42.King EdmundAscended: October 27, 940 -
Died: May 26, 946
5 years 6 months 28 days
43.Queen Mary IAscended: July 19, 1553 -
Died: November 17, 1558
5 years 3 months 29 days
44.King Harold I HarefootAscended: November 12, 1035 -
Died: March 17, 1040
4 years 4 months 4 days
45.King Edwy (Eadwig)Ascended: November 23, 955 -
Died: October 1, 959
3 years 10 months 7 days
46.King James IIAscended: February 6, 1685 -
Abdicated: December 11, 1688
3 years 10 months 3 days
47.King Edward The MartyrAscended: July 8, 975 -
Died: March 18, 978
2 years 8 months 10 days
48.King HarthacnutAscended: March 17, 1040 -
Died: June 8, 1042
2 years 2 months 21 days
49.King Richard IIIAscended: June 26, 1483 -
Died: August 22, 1485
2 years 1 months 27 days
50.King Edward VIIIAscended: Jan 20, 1936 -
Abdicated: December 11, 1936
10 months 21 days
51.King Harold IIAscended: January 5, 1066 -
Died: October 14, 1066
9 months 8 days
52.King Edmund II lronsideAscended: April 23, 1016 -
Died: November 30, 1016
7 months 7 days

Note: Table does not include Edward V or Jane Grey who were proclaimed but not crowned.

- Edward IV died on April 9, 1483, and his son Edward V was proclaimed king but he was usurped by his uncle Richard III who proclaimed himself king 2 months and 17 days later on June 26 and was crowned on July 6, 1483. The date that Edward died is unknown - he was presumed murdered with his brother in the Tower of London around September that year.

- Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen on July 10, 1553 by her father-in-law the Duke of Northumberland after the death of Edward VI, but Edwards half sister Mary was also proclaimed queen. The situation was resolved just 9 days later on July 19 1553 when Mary arrived in London and was proclaimed as the righful queen. Mary was crowned Queen on Oct 1, 1553, and Lady Jane Grey was executed on February 12, 1554.