Queen Elizabeth is arguably the ‘most successful and effective monarch’ in British history

British monarchy historian Cindy McCreery says the Queen is “not only the longest-reigning monarch, but also the oldest person to still be a monarch”.

“You have to go back to the reign of Louis XIV, a French king in the 17th century, to find a king who reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth,” she told Sky News presenter Chris Kenny.

“She is a record breaker, she reigned longer than Queen Victoria, then George III, then Elizabeth I – all very famous and well thought out British monarchs.

“As well as being the longest-reigning monarch, I think history will look back and judge Elizabeth II as arguably the most successful and effective monarch in British history.”

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