The Thai king has died after 70 years on the throne — here are the world’s longest-ruling monarchs

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The Thai king has died after 70 years on the throne — here are the world\'s longest-ruling monarchsQueen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne in 1952 following the death of her father George VI, making her the longest-reigning monarch in the world.

Last year, the 90-year-old surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, which lasted from 1837 to 1901. Queen Elizabeth is the 45th longest-reigning monarch of all time.

As head of the Commonwealth, she is officially the queen of 16 countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Jamaica. Between these countries, Queen Elizabeth has seen more than 160 different prime ministers take power during her reign.

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah delivers a speech at the Istana Nurul Iman during a ceremony to mark his 60th birthday, as Queen Azrinaz Mazhar, left, looks on, in Bandar Seri Begawan, July 15, 2006.AP Images/Vincent Thian

Hassanal Bolkiah has ruled the tiny nation of Brunei since 1967, after his father abdicated the throne.

The sultan has reaped the benefits of Brunei’s extensive petroleum and natural gas reserves. According to Forbes, he boasts a net worth of $20 billion, making him one of the wealthiest people in the world.

A testament to his fortune, Hassanal lives in a palace with nearly 1,800 rooms and more than 250 bathrooms. Tales of his extravagance abound.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as he returns to Siriraj Hospital after a ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 5, 2010. Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday at age 88, after holding the throne for 70 years. He became king in 1946 and was honored […]

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