In December 1936 Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle, abdicated so that he could marry a divorcee.
He had spent less than a year on the throne. George VI, her father, hung around for considerably longer: dying in 1952, after 15 years as king.
Elizabeth, who died on September 8th, managed 70 years, longer than not just Edward and George, but any other monarch.
King Charles III has, however, ascended last week after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.