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Epic Thai and U.K. royal reigns lay bare struggles in digital age

Queen Elizabeth II matches late Thai King Bhumibol's 70-year, 126-day reign

Royal guards shade Queen Elizabeth II, left, and late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej from the sun with traditional Thai parasols during a welcoming ceremony at Bangkok military airport on October 28, 1996.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.K. marked Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year platinum jubilee with pageant and parties this month -- and she has just notched another telling landmark.

On Sunday, she matched the 70-year, 126-day rule of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. That's a modern-era record for a sovereign state -- and less than two years behind Louis XIV of France on the all-time list.

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