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It's Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday — here are all the world leaders she has outlasted


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Queen Elizabeth II is 91.

On Friday, April 21, the venerable British monarch celebrated her "real" birthday — because unlike ordinary Brits, she has two birthdays, with her "official" one in June.

On the throne since 6 February, 1952, she has reigned for more than 65 years. She's the longest-serving British monarch ever, breaking the record set by Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, in 2015.

In her life she has seen the rise and fall of innumerable world leaders, great and terrible.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in the 1950s, a year before the death of Stalin. She has lived through the Second World War, and met with Winston Churchill numerous times. She has also ruled through the US presidencies of Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and more.

See how the queen's life and reign stacks up against other political figureheads in the slideshow below.

Every world leader Queen Elizabeth II has outlasted

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  • Washington Dc, White House, The Queen Elizabeth Ii And Us President Eisenhower In October 1957.
    UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Washington Dc, White House, The Queen Elizabeth Ii And Us President Eisenhower In October 1957. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • Private Conversation Between Queen Elizabeth II And President René Coty During a Party At The Louvre Museum...
    PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: Private Conversation Between Queen Elizabeth II And President Ren�Coty During a Party At The Louvre Museum, in Paris, France, on April 10, 1957. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
  • Georgi Malenkov In 1953
    RUSSIA - MARCH 07: Prime Minister From 1953 To 1955, Malenkov Was Then Considered As The Succesor Of Stalin. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • Portrait of Nikita Khrushchev
    (Original Caption) Heads Russia's Communist Party. Moscow, USSR: Here's a recent photo of Nikita S. Khrushchev, first secretary of the Communist Party's central committee. Khrushchev, who is 60 years old, emerged as the USSR's strongest political figure in February when Georgi M. Malenkov was ousted as premier and replaced by Marshal Nikolai A. Bulganin. It was Khrushchev who made the announcement and has since occupied the first place in the order of entry and seating of Soviet leaders at official functions.
  • Queen In Oxford
    Queen Elizabeth II visits British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894 - 1986), Chancellor of Oxford University, in Oxford, 4th November 1960. They are climbing the steps of the Clarendon Building. (Photo by Terry Disney/Central Press/Getty Images)
  • Anthony Eden And The Queen Of England In London 1956
    UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 30: Queen Elizabeth Ii Shaking Hands With The Conservative British Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, At The Banquet Hall In London Town In May 1956. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • England, London, President General Charles De Gaulle And The Queen Elizabeth Ii In 1960
    UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: England, London, President General Charles De Gaulle And The Queen Elizabeth Ii In 1960 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • President Kennedy With Queen Elizabeth
    Queen Elizabeth smiles at President John F. Kennedy during a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.
  • Sir Alec Douglas-Home
    The Conservative Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home (1903-) waves from outside 10 Downing Street before leaving for the House of Commons. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson
    A 1964 White House portrait of US President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973.)
  • The German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, In 1964
    ITALY - JANUARY 29: In Rome. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • Queen With Wilson
    Queen Elizabeth II with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995), June 1969. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • Portrait of Kurt-Georg Kiesinger
    (Original Caption) West German Chancellor Kurt-Georg Kiesinger in the White House Rose Garden, August 15th, where he was greeted by President Johnson. Kiesinger is here for a two day round of general discussions on world problems.
  • Politics - President Richard Nixon Visit - Chequers
    *Scanned low-res from print, high-res available on request* Queen Elizabeth II with American President Richard Nixon at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister in Buckinghamshire.
  • Queen With Heath
    Queen Elizabeth II with British Prime Minister Edward Heath (1916 - 2005) at Heathrow Airport, London, 28th January 1974. The Queen is about to take a flight to Canada. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • Journey of the queen Elizabeth II of England in Fr
    FRANCE - CIRCA 1972: Journey of the queen Elizabeth II of England in France. President Pompidou and the queen. May 1972. JAC-190-13. (Photo by J. Cuinieres/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
  • Queen And Chancellor
    20th April 1972: German Chancellor, Willy Brandt (Karl Herbert Frahm) (1913 - 1992) with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. German born, as a fervent anti-Nazi he fled to Norway and took Norwegian citizenship in the mid-thirties. (Photo by Mike Lawn/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
  • Gerald Ford and Queen Elizabeth II
    Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States (1974-1977), dancing with Queen Elizabeth II at the ball at the White House, Washington, during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebrations of the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images)
  • French President Valery Giscard d'Estain
    French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing (R) chats with Queen Elizabeth II at a dining table of the French Embassy, in London, on June 25, 1976, during the last day of the official visit of the French President and his wife. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Helmut Schmidt
    German Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is welcoming the British Queen Elizabeth II within the EG summit, November 01, 1978, Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images)
  • Leonid Brezhnev Communism Soviet Union
    Leonid Ilich Brezhnev (1906-82), Russian Politician, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1964-82), Portrait, circa 1965. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
  • PM And Queen
    12th December 1977: British prime minister James Callaghan (left) with Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Windsor Castle for lunch. (Photo by David Ashdown/Keystone/Getty Images)
  • President Carter And Queen Elizabeth II
    President Jimmy Carter stands with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, at a dinner for summit leaders.
  • Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth
    (Original Caption) 8/1/1979-Lusaka, Zambia- British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher(left), and Queen Elizabeth, chat at a party for the Heads of State gathered here for the Commonwealth Conference. Looking on in the rear are; Dr. Hasting Banda(left) of Malawi and Arap Moi of Kenya.
  • FILE PHOTOS: Former President Ronald Reagan Dies At Age 93
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - UNDATED: (FILE PHOTO) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, wearing tiara and diamonds, makes a toast with former US President Ronald Reagan at a banquet in 1983, inSan Francisco, USA. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
  • Politics - President Mitterand's State Visit - London
    Queen Elizabeth II with President Mitterrand following his arrival at London's Victoria Station.
  • Queen With Kohl In Germany
    BONN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 20: The Queen With Chancellor Helmut Kohl In Bonn, Germany. She Is Wearing An Outfit Designed By Fashion Designer Ian Thomas. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
  • A retouched picture released in November 1982 in M
    MOSCOW, RUSSIA: A retouched picture released in November 1982 in Moscow by Soviet official news agency of Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov (1914-84), General secretary of the Soviet Communist Party (after Brezhnev's death in 1982) and President of the USSR (1983-4). Before (1967-72), he became head of the Komitet Gasudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (Committee for State Security, KGB), one of the Soviet Union two police organizations with joint responsibility for internal and external order and security. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)
  • Portrait of Konstantin Chernenko
    (Original Caption) General Secretary of the CPSU CC, President of the USSR , Supreme Soviet Presidium Konstantin Chernenko.
  • Gorbachev, Portraits
    Gorbachev, Portraits (Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
  • Queen And George Bush
    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - MAY 14: The Queen With The President Of America, George Bush During Her Tour Of The USA. The Queen Is Wearing The Kent Demi-parure Amethyst And Diamond Brooch. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
  • John Major Launching 1992 Election Manifesto
    British Prime Minister, John Major launches his Conservative party election manifesto on 18th March 1992 in Brighton, England. Major went on to win the election in April that year and was the fourth consecutive victory for the Conservative Party although it was its last outright win until 2015 after Labour's 1997 win for Tony Blair. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
  • Boris Yeltsin, 1990
    Moscow. Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR Boris Yeltsin. Photo TASS / Valentin Cheredintsev
  • US President Bill Clinton and Britain's
    US President Bill Clinton and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smile for the cameras during the group photo session at the Guildhall 04 June 1994 prior to a celebratory banquet for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. (Photo credit should read GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Queen And Chirac Paris
    PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11: The Queen With President Chirac At The Unveiling Of A Statue To Sir Winston Churchill In Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
  • Queen and Prime Minister Blair at Buckingham Palace
    Queen Elizabeth II giving a traditional diplomatic protocol audience to Prime Minister Tony Blair at home in Buckingham Palace. (Photo by � Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder welc
    German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder welcomes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the chancellery in Berlin, 02 November 2004. The queen is on a three-day visit to Germany - her first state visit since 1992, that will include a benefit concert in Berlin for Dresden's Frauenkirche church, which was destroyed in Allied bombing in 1945 and is being restored. (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin Makes State Visit To The UK
    LONDON - JUNE 24: Russian President Vladimir Putin is accompanied by Her Majesty The Queen during a procession at The Mallat during the start iof his state visit on June 24, 2003 in London, England. Putin is on a 4 days visit in Great Britain and will attend a number of functions during his time in the country. The visit is the first by a Russian President since 1843. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
  • U.S. President George W. Bush (R) stands
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) stands with Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) during the ceremonial welcome at London's Buckingham Palace on the first day of the president's state visit to the UK, 19 November, 2003. AFP Photo/Stephen Hird WPA POOL (Photo credit should read STEPHEN HIRD/AFP/Getty Images)
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talk
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a reception for world leaders attending the G20 summit at Buckingham Palace, in London, on April 1, 2009. World leaders wrangled Wednesday on how a London summit could fix the global economy as demonstrators attacked a bank in an anti-capitalist riot in the British capital. Demonstrators laid siege to the Bank of England and smashed the windows of a nearby bank that has become a symbol of the financial crisis rescue carried out by the British government which will be discussed at Thursday's Group of 20 summit in the city. AFP PHOTO/John Stillwell/WPA POOL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Royalty - Queen Elizabeth II Visit to Uganda
    Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown listens during a speech by Queen Elizabeth II, at the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
  • Sarkozy state visit to UK
    President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Queen Elizabeth ll, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive for a State Banquet at Windsor Castle during for a two day state visit to the UK.
  • PM Medvedev attends plenary session of Russian State Duma
    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 19, 2017: Russia's prime minister Dmitry Medvedev delivers a report about the work of the Russian government in 2016, at a plenary meeting of the State Duma, Lower House of the Parliament of the Russian Federation. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images)
  • BESTPIX US President Barack Obama Visits The UK - Day One
    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a State Banquet in Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011 in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. During the trip they will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and the President will address both houses of parliament at Westminster Hall. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
  • David Cameron Becomes The British Prime Minister In A Coalition Government
    LONDON - MAY 11: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister, on May 11, 2010 in London. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed. Gordon Brown has resigned his position and David Cameron has become the new British Prime Minister. (Photo by John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
  • Queen Elizabeth II On Official Visit In Paris : Day One
    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II is welcomed by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Presidential Palace as part of a bilateral meeting during an Official visit in Paris ahead of the 70th Anniversary Of The D-Day on June 5, 2014 in Paris, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • The Queen And Duke Of Edinburgh Welcome President Santos Of Colombia And Mrs Santos
    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Prime Minister Theresa May attending the the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Colombian State Visit at Horse Guards Parade on November 1, 2016 in London, England. The President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos are paying their first State Visit to the UK as official guests of Queen Elizabeth. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
  • President Trump Signs The Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act
    U.S. President Donald Trump listens after signing bill S. 544, the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 The bill extends a program allowing eligible veterans to seek medical care from private health-care providers. Photographer: Molly Riley/Pool via Bloomberg

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