Kings Queens of Great Britain: Every Question Answered by David SoudFrom the House of Wessex to the House of Windsor, follow the pageant of personalities that have made Great Britain what it is today.
Fascinating biographies of the British monarchs from the time of Roman Brittania to present day answer your every question about the country’s aristocracy. Details of the kings’ and queens’ personalities are the focus, with a timeline across the bottom relating the major events of their reigns. Also included is a section devoted to royal edicts. All the Edwards, Richards, Henrys, and Williams are represented, along with outstanding personalities such as Lady Jane Grey and Oliver Cromwell—a king in all but name. This is essential reading for all Anglophiles, so brew a pot of tea and dig into the history!
All the Countries in the World That Still Have Monarchies
Not all countries have Presidents or Prime Ministers. Some have kings, queens, emirs or sultans. Or, like the UK, some have both. He's previously held several roles in government including minister of defense, according to the Bahrain embassy's website. Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, salutes during a ceremonial guard of honor to mark his 68th birthday celebrations in Bandar Seri Begawan on August 14, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni succeeded his father, who had retired, in
Sometimes, this term may also be used to describe immediate and extended family. Traditionally, the royal family includes the spouse of the reigning monarch, surviving spouses of deceased monarchs, children, grandchildren, siblings, and paternal cousins. Spouses of all immediate family members are also included in the royal family. Great grandchildren and other descendants may also be considered part of the royal family. Throughout the world, many countries have a monarch, and this monarch has relatives known as the royal family. These countries include:.
There are still a number of places around the world where royals reside, even if they're not technically ruling over countries.
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8 Monarchies That No Longer Exist - British Pathé
Skip to content. Members of the 1st Battalion and No. The world has been consumed by royal wedding fever, as is customary when the British royals do, well, anything. Prince Harry, sixth in line to the throne, is set to marry American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle. With so much attention on them, one could be forgiven for not realizing there are actually many other royal families around the world. Particularly in Europe — which is home to 12 sovereign monarchies — royals hold ceremonial roles and work in the arena of soft power, having ceding most day-to-day control to modern, democratic political systems.
When thinking about modern kings and queens, Elizabeth II is the first that comes to mind. But the longest-reigning monarch is hardly the only one out there in the world—in fact, there are 29 modern monarchies, reigning over 40 countries. Some, like King Salam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud rule absolutely, while others, such as King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, serve more as ambassadors for their country's governments. Others still aren't even kings or queens, but rather princes reigning over principalities, like Albert II of Monaco or grand dukes over dukedoms, like the one in Luxembourg. He serves as the head of a grouping of monarchies, and while he is technically reelected once every five years, the ruler of Abu Dhabi traditionally holds the position, making it somewhat hereditary. See more of his family here. In addition to being the president of france, Macron is the co-Prince of Andorra, a square mile Catalan-speaking region in the Pyrenees.
Brunei is small enough to escape most people's notice. It sits on a speck of land along the northern coast of the island of Borneo, almost completely surrounded by Malaysia. Its leader is known as the Sultan of Brunei. Though the country has a constitution and a partially popularly elected legislative body, Bolkiah is officially both the head of state and the prime minister, so he has the political power to move the country in whatever direction he chooses. He has been criticized, both at home and abroad, for recently moving to introduce a very strict version of Sharia law into this majority Muslim nation. Swaziland , a tiny nation that is squeezed in between South Africa and Mozambique, has a political dynamic that is not unlike Brunei's. The current king, Mswati III, took the throne at the young age of 18 after his father died.