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HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, according to Wikipedia, #830 in the Line of succession to the British throne.

Back in July, our own Will Treece pointed to the then-longest Wikipedia article: Licensed and localized editions of Monopoly. However, since then, the Monopoly page has been broken up into a series of shorter pages. I thought I’d check out what the current Top 20 list looks like today — and it’s totally bananas.

While most of the longest articles are themselves long lists (including awesomely dorky ones like List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition monsters), several are not, most notably #19, Technological and industrial history of Canada, a true encyclopedia article beginning with The Stone Age and ending with The Internet Age. (I should also mention it’s slightly longer than #20, “Timeline of United States inventions (1890–1991).” I suspect there’s some rivalry between the maintainers of those pages.) What a wonderful world we live in.

Here are the top 20 longest Wikipedia pages as of November 10, 2010. You can bet this will be completely different in another six months:

  1. List of townlands of County Cork ‎[511,883 bytes]
  2. Line of succession to the British throne ‎[398,135 bytes]
  3. List of townlands of County Galway ‎[395,127 bytes]
  4. List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition monsters ‎[388,126 bytes]
  5. August 2010 in sports ‎[372,452 bytes]
  6. List of RAF aircrew in the Battle of Britain ‎[352,112 bytes]
  7. United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics ‎[341,551 bytes]
  8. Arkansas Army National Guard ‎[340,659 bytes]
  9. Chronology of Provisional Irish Republican Army actions ‎[331,132 bytes]
  10. 2009–10 Coupe de France 1st through 2nd Rounds ‎[329,489 bytes]
  11. List of Spanish football transfers summer 2009 ‎[314,988 bytes]
  12. Roman Catholic–Eastern Orthodox theological differences ‎[313,616 bytes]
  13. List of current pretenders ‎[305,893 bytes]
  14. October 2010 in sports ‎[304,892 bytes]
  15. List of current constituent monarchs ‎[302,126 bytes]
  16. Gun laws in the United States (by state) ‎[298,401 bytes]
  17. List of townlands of County Mayo ‎[297,706 bytes]
  18. List of townlands of County Tipperary ‎[296,271 bytes]
  19. Technological and industrial history of Canada ‎[293,415 bytes]
  20. Timeline of United States inventions (1890–1991) ‎[292,164 bytes]

Also interesting is the talk page on Wikipedia about the Longest Pages list. Particularly interesting is the “15 *REAL* longest pages list, which is severely outdated (2006), but excludes list-based entries, and has a July 2010 update with some interesting pages.

(Image of HM Queen Beatrix by Paul Blank, used under Creative Commons license. More on the image here.)

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