Queen Elizabeth II turns 90: Did you know she's a record-breaker?

Published 21 April 2016
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 today and big celebrations are being held across London to honour the important birthday. To mark the occasion, we've made a list of all the amazing Guinness World Records titles held by the much-loved monarch:

1. Longest reigning queen

As of 9 September 2015, Elizabeth's reign exceeded the rule of her predecessor Queen Victoria, which had lasted an incredible 63 years, seven months and three days from 20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901. Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 and took to the throne on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.
Queen Elizabeth II

2. Oldest current monarch

Her Royal Highness is the oldest current monarch. The previous record holder His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, sadly died last year, aged 90. The Queen is also the oldest British monarch ever as she has reigned longer than King George III (1760-1820), who was King until the age of 82.
The Queen Diamond Jubilee

3. Most currencies featuring the same individual

The image of Elizabeth II appears on the coinage of at least 35 different countries - more countries than any other living monarch. Can you name any of them?
Queen Elizabeth II visits GWR HQ 2005
Queen Elizabeth was given a special copy of our 50th anniversary edition from Guinness World Records President Alistair Richards in 2005

4. Wealthiest Queen

In April 2012, the Sunday Times estimated the wealth of Her Majesty at a mind-boggling £310 million ($504 million). Fine art, jewellery and property in England and Scotland account for just some of the Queen's huge personal fortune.
Did you know...?

  • Elizabeth II stands as the queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations, as well as being Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
  • The Queen’s official title is: "Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith".
  • The Queen's lengthy reign gives rise to another Guinness World Records title, Longest heir apparent (next in line to the throne). Since his mother acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952, Prince Charles has been heir apparent for over 63 years, passing the mark set by his great-great-grandfather Edward VII, who finally took to the throne upon the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901 after more than 59 years as heir apparent.
  • The title for the overall Longest reigning living monarch is held by King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand, who ascended to the throne on 9 June 1946 and has reigned without interruption ever since - a remarkable 69 years, 3 months.