Here's a new mnemonic method developed by Peter Hobbs in 1997 for memorising the names of the only English/British Monarchs to have reigned for 50 years or more. Note that the method worked fine until Queen Elizabeth II joined the list in 2002!:
(Queen Victoria and the first 3 "Third" monarchs
found alphabetically, ie.
James "I & VI" ruled Scotland for over 50 years (1567-1625), but ruled England for only 22 years of that time (1603-1625).
In early 1997 Elizabeth II overtook her namesake Elizabeth I's reign of 44 1/3 years (1558-1603), to become England's 5th-longest reigning monarch.
In 2002 Elizabeth II also celebrated her Golden Jubilee, having reigned from 1952-2002, and in 2003 she is due to overtake Edward III in the list.
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