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All the Countries in the World That Still Have Monarchies

The U.K. is hardly the only one.
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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.

Read on for all the current sovereign heads of state, from the King of Bahrain to the Pope.

KING SALMAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD


Reigns over: Saudi Arabia

EMIRATI PRESIDENT SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED AL-NAHYAN

Reigns over: The UAE

(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)

DRUK GYALPO JIGME KHESAR NAMGYEL WANGCHUCK

Reigns over: Bhutan

SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID AL SAID

Reigns over: Oman

SULTAN HASSANAL BOLKIAH

Reigns over: Brunei

KING NORODOM SIHAMONI

Reigns over: Cambodia

GRAND DUKE HENRI

Reigns over: Luxembourg

(Pictured here with Countess Stephanie de Lannoy).

KING PHILIPPE

Reigns over: Belgium

(Pictured here with Queen Mathilde).

KING MSWATI III

Reigns over: Swaziland

KING CARL XVI GUSTAF

Reigns over: Sweden

See more of his family here.

EMMANUEL MACRON

Reigns over: Andorra

Macron is the co-Prince of Andorra, a 180-square mile Catalan-speaking region in the Pyrenees. He shares the title with the Spanish Bishop of Urgell (currently Joan Enric Vives Sicília).

For more information on the origins of this curious monarchy, click here.

KING LETSIE III

Reigns over: Lesotho

KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER

Reigns over: the Netherlands

(Pictured here with Queen Máxima).

KING HAMAD BIN ISA AL KHALIFA

Reigns over: Bahrain

EMPEROR AKIHITO

Reigns over: Japan

KING FELIPE VI

Reigns over: Spain

KING MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN BODINDRADEBAYAVARANGKUN

Reigns over: Thailand

EMIR SHEIKH TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL-THANI

Reigns over: Qatar

QUEEN MARGRETHE II

Reigns over: Denmark

KING ABDULLAH II

Reigns over: Jordan

POPE FRANCIS

Reigns over: Vatican City

KING MOHAMMED VI

Reigns over: Morocco

PRINCE HANS-ADAM II

Reigns over: Lichtenstein

PRINCE ALBERT II

Reigns over: Monaco

SULTAN MUHAMMAD V

Reigns over: Malaysia

AMIR SABAH AL-AHMAD AL-JABER AL-SABAH

Reigns over: Kuwait

KING TUPOU VI

Reigns over: Tonga

KING HARALD V

Reigns over: Norway

(Pictured here with Queen Sonja).

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Reigns over: The 16 commonwealth realms: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, The Bahamas, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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