Today most countries in the world are starting to use democratic means of governance. Leaders such as the president are now by-election from the citizens. However, years before this happened many countries had long-reigning monarchs that had absolute authority. Most of the reigning monarchs are people who have had dominions from their generation before. Usually, their parents are the king/queen of the country. And it is continued by their sons or daughter. Therefore, most of the leaders become the longest reigning monarch. Even though many countries have changed, some countries still apply the monarchy system.
Usually, leaders in these countries will lead for a very long time. The fact has shown that most leaders stop leading because of health issues or have died. Here are some of the longest reigning monarch:
1. Elizabeth II – United Kingdom
Who doesn’t know Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom? Queen Elizabeth started to lead England in 1952, after the death of her father George VI. This year the queen will be leading England for over 67 years, which is longer than her great-great-grandmother.
2. King Bhumibol Adulyadej – King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej became king in 1946 after his brother King Mahidol died. He became one of the longest kings in Thailand for almost 70 years. During his era of the king, he was known close to his people. He was able to unite and unify Thailand’s people during the military coup. Therefore, he became a very popular king in Thailand and was loved by them all. The king started to withdraw from the public after his health weakened. The kind died at the age of 88 and will be remembered by the public.
3. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – Sultan of Brunei
Brunei is a tiny nation lead by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. He is the son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, which is the 28th Sultan of Brunei. After his dad abdicated the throne, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah became until today. During his period, he succeeds in advancing Brunei’s natural source such as extensive petroleum and gas reserves. Therefore, the people in Brunei became one of the most economically and socially prosperous in the world.
4. Sultan Qaboos – Sultan of Oman
Sultan of Oman is now 75 years old and has been ruling the country for more than 46 years. He became a sultan after going against his father in 1970. Early in his period, Oman was a poor country with lacking infrastructure, healthcare, and education. With the revenue from the oil industry, Sultan Qaboos built the country to a better place. He provided schools, hospitals, and modern infrastructure to develop the country. To expedite the plan, he also paved many roads and strengthen the telecommunication in the country. Sultan Qaboos is still ruling until today.
So, those are some of the longest reigning monarchs that are known by many people in the world. Most of these leaders have absolute authority in their hands. Thus, in their long period, most of the leaders have made a change to their country. They made positive effects on their country. Therefore, their public respects and value them very much.