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Nearly everyone seems agog to read and watch news on Britain’s Royal Family, especially with the recent arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby. The Windsors have been the presiding royal house of the United Kingdom and fifteen other sovereign states since 1917. But they are not the only royal family or reigning monarchy. You may be surprised to learn that across six continents 26 monarchies rule or reign over a total of 43 countries.
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Morocco – King Mohammed VI
King Mohammed VI of Morocco, 27th king of the Alaouite dynasty, is as benevolent as he is wealthy. The wealthiest monarch in Africa (monarchies exist in Morocco, Swaziland, and Lesotho), his approximate net worth is $2 billion.
He receives this sizeable income from the Société Nationale d’Investissement (SNI), which he oversees and controls. The SNI is a large Moroccan investment holding company that contains assets valued at more than $10 billion.
After ascending the throne in July of 1999, he prioritized initiating multiple socio-political and economic reforms to make Morocco freer and more prosperous. He also created a new family law in 2014 that gave women legal equality in major areas. Additionally, he has instigated several reforms to the constitution to improve the nation for his people, at a cost of stripping himself of some political power.
Canada/UK – Queen Elizabeth II
The Windsors, the Royal Family of Queen Elizabeth II, are by the far the most popular and well-known monarchy in the world. Thanks to Britain’s long history of colonizing other countries and regions, Queen Elizabeth and her family currently reign over sixteen countries. These Commonwealth realms include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and South American territories South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
Royalty fans around the world have paid extra close attention to the Windsors with Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011 and Prince Harry’s 2018 marriage to Meghan Markle (and now baby).
Saudi Arabia – Abdullah bin Abul Aziz
Aziz was the great king and prime minister of this absolute monarchy in Saudi Arabia. He hailed from the House of Saud, the house from which his deputies Salman and Muqrin also were included. In Saudi Arabia, the king appoints the cabinet. Abdullah Aziz’s cabinet included many members of his royal family. The monarchy is currently a hereditary line, but in the future the Saudi kings will be chosen by a committee. Unfortunately, Aziz died in 2015 from pneumonia at age 90. King Salman, age 79, stepped up to fill his beloved shoes.
Japan – Emperor Akihito
In Japan, the Yamato dynasty is the world’s oldest continuous hereditary monarchy. Established in 660, Akihito is the latest in the line. He has reigned since 1989 and is 70 years old. Legend also has it that he is the 125th emperor of his line, although the count of successors has been debated.
According to the Constitution of Japan, the Emperor unifies the people as a “symbol of the State” but has no political power. His Imperial Family members have symbolic and social duties, but also no governmental control.
Source: Reuters/Dylan Martinez
Thailand – King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Hands down, Thailand has the coolest king. The Asian country also has the oldest reigning king in the world. King Bhumibol Adulyadej has reigned for 67 years, beating out Queen Elizabeth’s reign record since 1952. With light political power, he is in charge of certain constitutional powers like veto legislation and criminal pardoning.
He is cool because he is lives a very full life, away from being a king. In his downtime, he has become an accomplished jazz musician and inventor. His wastewater aerator is patented.
Sweden – Princes Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree
We turn our attention to the heir in this highlight of Sweden’s monarchy. This country is one of the few monarchies that features female succession. Princess Victoria will one day become ruling queen after her father, King Carl XVI, Gustaf no longer rules.
In Sweden, monarchs are simply ceremonial figureheads. Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland, was born in 1977 and will be the country’s fourth queen and the first queen since 1720.
Spain – King Juan Carlos I
King Juan may be 75 years old now and without much power, but we remember him most for his early contributions to Spain. He was named king in 1975 after dictator Francisco appointed him. King Juan Carls took the opportunity to completely disintegrate the Francoist regime upon taking office and was instrumental in developing Spain’s 1978 constitution. He abdicated the throne in 2014 for health reasons, but will always be remembered for reshaping Spain’s political landscape.
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