This last weekend, the United Kingdom crowned its first new monarch in 75 years. King Charles III was awarded all the pomp and circumstance of any such new monarch, in an extraordinarily lavish ceremony paid for by the public purse.
It would be a foolish gambler indeed who would expect Charles to rule for as long as his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. However, we hope Charlie gets to be king for longer than these poor souls.
1. Yuan Shi-kai
2. Edward V
3. Lady Jane Grey
4. Dipendra of Nepal
5. Emperor Mo of the Jin
Top Image: The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, killed after a brief reign of only nine days. Source: Paul Delaroche / Public Domain.
By Joseph Green