Monarchies around the world

By CNN Staff

Published February 7, 2020

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Not all countries have Presidents or Prime Ministers. Some have kings, queens, emirs or sultans. Or, like the UK, some have both.

These are some of the countries that still have monarchies.

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Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is King of Bahrain. He's previously held several roles in government including minister of defense, according to the Bahrain embassy's website.

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Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, shown here with his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema, is known as the "Dragon King." He became king of the South Asian country after his father abdicated in 2006.


The coronation of the UK's Queen Elizabeth II was held in June 1953. The British royals have a long lineage, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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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, 2014.


Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni succeeded his father, who had retired, in 2004. Before taking the throne, the king served as a professor of classical dance and artistic director of a ballet company, according to his website.


Queen Margrethe II of Denmark succeeded her father on the throne in 1972.


Japan's Emperor Naruhito formally ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne in April 2019, replacing his father, Akihito, who had abdicated a day earlier.

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Jordan's King Abdullah took over the throne on Feb. 7, 1999, the day after his father died, according to the country's embassy website.

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Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has been Emir of Kuwait since 2006.

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King Letsie III has twice become king of Lesotho -- first in 1990, when his father fled the country for five years, and in 1996 after his father's death.


Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein assumed the regency of the small European nation in 1989.

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Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg married in 1981. He has reigned since 2000.

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Malaysia elected Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the new king in January 2019 after the shocking abdication of Sultan Muhammad V.

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King Mohammed VI of Morocco sits with his wife, Princess Lalla Salma. The king was crowned in 1999, according to Morocco's Ministry of Culture and Communication website.

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King Willem-Alexander succeeded his mother on the throne of the Netherlands. His mother, Princess Beatrix, abdicated in 2013.

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King Harald V of Norway took over the crown from his father in 1991, the Royal House's website says.

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Haitham bin Tariq al-Said became the ruler of Oman after the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said in January 2020.

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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani took over leadership of the Persian Gulf nation in 2013 after his father abdicated.


King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud succeeded one of his brothers, King Abdullah, on the throne of Saudi Arabia in January 2015.

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Felipe VI was formally proclaimed the new King of Spain in 2014 after the abdication of his father.

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Mswati III was crowned Ngwenyama, or King, of Swaziland in 1986, when he was 18.

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Carl XVI Gustaf is the King of Sweden. The heir to his throne is his eldest child, Crown Princess Victoria.


King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun assumed the throne in Thailand in December 2016, nearly two months after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Tupou VI and his wife, Nanasipau'u, are King and Queen of Tonga, the only monarchy that remains in the Pacific with its own royal family.

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