After the death of Elizabeth II, the Bulgarian king Simeon II is practically the third oldest monarch in Europe. He turned 85 on July 16. In reality, he never abdicated the throne, unlike the kings of Serbia, Romania and Greece, who abdicated after World War II.
Simeon II would actually have been a world record holder in governance if Bulgaria had not been declared a republic. He ascended the throne on August 28, 1948. That would make him over 74 years, longer than Louis XIV’s reign of 72 years and 110 days. Elizabeth II remained second in this ranking with 70 years and 214 days.
Currently, the oldest monarchs in Europe are Pope Francis, because the Vatican is a defacto elective monarchy, who turned 85 on December 17 last year, but has ruled since March 13, 2013. On February 21, Harald V also turned 85. Norway. He ascended the throne on January 17, 1991.
Queen Margarete II of Denmark is 82 years old. Grand Duke Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein is 77 years old. He was followed by Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (76), Charles III of Great Britain (73) and Andorra’s co-prince Joan Eric Vives Sicilia (73). The other co-prince of Andorra is actually French President Emmanuel Macron, who at 44 is the youngest monarch in Europe.
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg is 67. Next come Albert II of Monaco (64), Felipe of Belgium (62), Willem Alexander of the Netherlands (55) and Felipe VI of Spain (54).