current monarchies

Current Monarchies

List of All Current Monarchies Around the World

Naruhito became the Emperor of Japan on 1 May 2019. following the abdication of his father Akihito. Naruhito is the 126th monarch of the Tenno dynasty, the oldest reigning dynasty in the world. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is now the longest reigning AND the oldest serving head of all current monarchies. Queen Elizabeth II is also queen of 16 sovereign states and head of 53 Commonwealth states. Of the current monarchies only 5 have absolute power.

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Country Monarch Title/s Ruler Monarchy type[1] Born Crowned Marital Status
Andorra Andorra is ruled by 2 Co-princes:
  • Joan Enric Vives Sicília
    (Bishop of Urgell, Spain).
  • François Hollande
    (elected French President).
Prince of Andorra. Prince. Co-principality monarchy. 1949
1954
2003
2012
  • Joan Enric Vives Sicília, as a Catholic Bishop, is subject to clerical celibacy.
  • François Hollande is unmarried.
Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. 1st King of Bahrain. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1950 2002
  • Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa married his first wife Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa in 1968. They have three sons and one daughter together.
  • Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa married his second wife Sheia bint Hassan Al-Khrayyesh Al-Ajmi. They have two sons together.
  • Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa married his third wife Sheikh Faisal bin Muhammad bin Shuraim Al Marri. They have one son and two daughters together.
  • Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa married his fourth wife who is a daughter of Jabor Al Naimi. They have one son and two daughters together.
Belgium Philippe Léopold Louis Marie. King of Belgium. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1960 2013 Philippe Léopold Louis Marie married Queen Matilda (born Jonkvrouw Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz in 1973) in 1999.
Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. Dragon King. Constitutional monarchy. 1980 2006 Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married Jetsun Pema (born 1990) in 2011.
Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Sultan of Brunei. Sultan. Constitutional monarchy. 1946 1967 Haji Hassanal Bolkiah married Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha (born 1946) in 1965. He was also married to Hajah Mariam (1982-2003) and Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim (2005-2010).
Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni. King of Cambodia. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1953 2004 Norodom Sihamoni is unmarried.
Denmark Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen of Denmark. Queen. Constitutional monarchy. 1940 1972 Margrethe II of Denmark married Prince Henri de Laborde de Monpezat in 1967 (1934-2018). They had two sons together.
Japan Naruhito. 126th Tenno. Emperor. Constitutional monarchy. 1960 2019 Emperor Naruhito married Empress Masako Owada (born 1963) in 1993. They have one daughter together.
Jordan Abdullah II of Jordan. King of Jordan. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1962 1999 King Abdullah II of Jordan married Queen Rania Al-Yassin (born 1970) in 1993. They have two sons and two daughters together.
Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Emir of Kuwait. Emir. Constitutional monarchy. 1929 2006 Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah married Sheikha Fatuwah (†1990). They had three sons and one daughter together.
Lesotho Letsie III of Lesotho (born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso). King of Lesotho. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1963 1996 King Letsie III of Lesotho married Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso (born 1976) in 1990. They have two daughters and one son together.
Liechtenstein Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Prince (Fürst) of Liechtenstein. Prince. Constitutional monarchy. 1945 1989 Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein married Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (born 1940) in 1967. They have found children, three sons and one daughter.
Luxembourg Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume. Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Grand Duke. Constitutional monarchy. 1955 2000 Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume married to María Teresa Mestre y Batista (born 1956) in 1981. They have five children, four sons and one daughter.
Malaysia Sallehuddin of Kedah. Sultan of Kedah. Sultan. Constitutional monarchy. 1942 2017 Sallehuddin of Kedah is married to Sultanah Maliha binti Tengku Ariff.
Monaco Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi. Albert II, Prince of Monaco. Prince. Constitutional monarchy. 1958 2005 Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi married Charlene Wittstock (born 1978) in 2011.
Morocco Mohammed VI. King of Morocco. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1963 1999 Mohammed VI married Princess Lalla Salma (born 1978) in 2002.
Netherlands Willem Alexander. King of the Netherlands. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1967 2013 Willem Alexander married Princess Maxima (born 1971) in 2002.
Norway Harald V. King of Norway. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1991 1991 Harald V married Sonja Haraldsen (born 1937) in 1968.
Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said. Sultan of Oman. Sultan. Absolute monarchy. 1940 1970 Qaboos bin Said al Said was married to Nawwal bint Tariq (born 1951) between 1976 and 1979.
Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Emir of Qatar. Emir. Constitutional monarchy. 1980 2013
  • Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani married his first wife Sheikha Jawahir bint Hamad Al Thani in 2005. They have two sons and two daughters together.
  • Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani married his second wife Sheikha Al-Anoud bint Mana Al Hajri in 2009. They have five children, three daughters and two sons together.
  • Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani married his third wife Sheikha Noora bint Hathal Aldosari in 2014. They have three sons together.
Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. King of Saudi Arabia. King. Absolute monarchy. 1935 2015
  • Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud married his first wife Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi (2011). They had five sons and one daughter together.
  • Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud married his first wife Sarah bint Faisal Al Subai’ai (divorced). They had one son together.
  • Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud married his third wife Fahda bint Falah Al Hathleen. They have six sons together.
Spain Felipe VI Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos. King of Spain. King. Parliamentary monarchy. 1968 2014 Felipe VI married Letizia, Princess of Asturias (born 1972) in 2004.
Swaziland Makhosetive Dlamini. Ingwenyama (King) III of Swaziland. King. Absolute monarchy. 1968 1986 Makhosetive Dlamini has 15 wives and 25 children.
Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. King of Sweden. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1946 1973 Carl XVI Gustaf married Silvia Sommerlath (born 1943) in 1976.
Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn. Rama X of Thailand. Rama. Constitutional monarchy. 1952 2016
  • Maha Vajiralongkorn has been single since 2014.
  • Maha Vajiralongkorn was married to Srirasmi Suwadee (born 1971) between 2001-2014.
  • Maha Vajiralongkorn was married to Yuvadhida Polpraserth (born 1962) between 1994-1996.
  • Maha Vajiralongkorn was married to Soamsawali Kitiyakara (born 1943) between 1977-1991.
Tonga ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI King Tupou VI of Tonga. King. Constitutional monarchy. 1959 2006 ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI married Nanasipauʻu Vaea (born 1954) in 1982. They have three children, two sons and one daughter.
UAE / Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. UAE President and Emir of Abu Dhabi. Emir. Absolute monarchy. 1948 2004 Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan married Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei in 1964. They have eight children, two sons and six daughters together.
United Kingdom Elizabeth II. Queen of the United Kingdom. Queen. Constitutional monarchy. 1926 1953 Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) married Prince Philip (Philip Mountbatten, born 1921) in 1947. They have four children, three sons and one daughter together.
Vatican Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome. Pope. Absolute monarchy. 1936 2013 (elective monarchy).
[1] In an absolute monarchy the ruler has absolute power and often little or no opposition. In a constitutional monarchy the hereditary or elected monarch is recognized as the official head of state, usually with far fewer powers.

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