Here are some facts and figures on royals:
The UK and Commonwealth:
HM Queen Elizabeth II is currently the world’s oldest and longest reigning Monarch – something she became in November 2017.
HM Queen Elizabeth II – who has been Queen since the death of her father in 1952, is also the Head of State in 16 countries. Some 65 years ago the Queen vowed to dedicate her life to the service of the people – a pledge she made once more in her Diamond Jubilee speech to both Houses of Parliament.
The Queen is also head of the Commonwealth of Nations – which has 54 members, including; Pakistan, India and South Africa.
Had King Edward VIII not abdicated then Princess Elizabeth would have become Queen in 1972 when he died – rather than in 1952. King Edward VIII had no children and was the only British monarch to ever abdicate.
HM Queen Elizabeth II is the only UK Monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee and a Platinum Wedding Anniversary.
HRH The Prince of Wales is the longest-serving heir apparent and one of the oldest in UK history.
When HRH The Prince of Wales becomes King he will be the oldest monarch crowned in UK history.
According to the Guinness World Records, the largest royal family is the house of Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, which had over 4,000 royal princes and 30,000 royal relatives in 2002.
The world’s longest ever reigning monarch was King Sobhuza II of Swaziland who ruled for over 82 years, from 1899 until his death in 1982.