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World Royal Families


Welcome to the Collection of Monarchs, Members of World Royal Families, Public Figure. Feel free to click on any of the links below to select the Royal Houses of your interest. The register does not pretend to be exhaustive, the page is incomplete and some cases controversy exists about who is the rightful head.

Since 1800, most of the world's monarchies have been abolished by dismemberment or annexation, or have been transformed into republics; most current countries that are monarchies are constitutional ones. Among the few states that retain aspects of absolute monarchy are Brunei, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland and the Vatican City (the papal city-state, an electoral theocracy). In Jordan and Morocco, the monarch also retains considerable power. There are also recent (2003) developments in Liechtenstein, wherein the regnant prince was given the constitutional power to dismiss the government at will. Nepal had several swings between constitutional rule and direct rule related to the Maoist rebel movement and killings by a suicidal crown prince. In December 2007 the Nepalese government agreed to abolish the country's monarchy after the Constituent Assembly elections in 2008. The monarchy was formally abolished on the 28 May, 2008.

From the constitutional monarchies of Western Europe to the absolute monarchies of the Middle East to the figurehead monarchy of Japan, royals play many roles in the modern world.

The work requires the cooperation of the concerned dynasties, especially from the Heads of these families. We always try to the best to add more information whenever possible. Additions and corrections will be gratefully accepted, information, addresses or photos are welcome.

 Non-Reigning Monarchies and Their Heirs

A non-sovereign monarchy is one in which the head of the monarchical polity (whether a geographic territory or an ethnic group), and the polity itself, are subject to a temporal authority higher than their own. The constituent states of the German Empire provide a historical example; a contemporary one is the Zulu King, whose power derives from the Constitution of South Africa.

This does not purport to be an exhaustive list, but we trust that it is comprehensive. Dates, if listed, indicate the year in which the individual became claimant.

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