: King Carl XVI Gustaf is set to break a record
: towards the end of April.
Well ... but for the tragic death of his father in 1947, His Majesty would not be setting such a record, anyway. As it was, the Swedish royal succession skipped a generation.
Likewise, but for the death of the Duke of Kent in 1820 (when his daughter was only eight months old), the British royal succession would not have passed from uncle to niece, later on in 1837. It's anybody's guess as to how long an hypothetical King Edward VIII (House of Hanover) would have reigned, had he survived his older brothers. It's also anybody's guess as to whether he would have fathered a son to displace his daughter in the succession. As it was, fate and circumstances placed a young Queen Victoria on a throne she would occupy for nearly 64 years -- a record until broken in 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II.
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