6 Countries Where Monarchies Still Exists & Rules

Although we are in full 2018, one of the most commented events of the last week was the marriage of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle in England. Even though it seems somewhat "out of fashion" to think of princes, princesses, kings and queens nowadays, the truth is that royal families still survive in several countries around the world, even though in some cases the only power actually is the image.

The UK is the most famous example of monarchy that still catches the attention of the international media and its audience (or would they be commoners?). Queen Elizabeth II, who has had the crown on her head since 1952, is the most famous figure on the planet when it comes to royalty, but her power is not very real, no. She and her family still carry their titles and, of course, their assets, but they do not run in England or the other countries that still sing "God Save the Queen!" Such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica, for example.

In all, 43 countries still have established monarchies, each with its own particularities and leaders with more or less power. Let's talk about 6 of them:

1 - Spain 

Like England, Spain is also a parliamentary monarchy, and its royal family acts in a similar way, that is, symbolic. Spain's current King is Philip VI, who took the throne in 2014, following the resignation of his father, King Juan Carlos, who was in the position since 1975. They belong to the Royal House of Bourbon, which emerged in 1268 in France.

The symbolic value of the crown is so strong in Spain that several football clubs carry royalty in their stories and shields. Real Madrid, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, for example, do not have the term "real" in the name at random; were all supported/supporters of the Spanish monarchy. That is why the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​of Catalonia independence, goes far beyond the grass.

2 - Netherlands 

The Netherlands also has a recently enthroned king. Willen-Alexander has been the leader of the Orange-Nassau House since 2013 and, like his European colleagues, plays a figurative role, participating mainly in celebrations and diplomatic activities. And if you have found your family name, it is because that Maurice of Nassau from history classes was part of the same lineage that is still active today. If he does not remember, the nobleman came to rule the region of Pernambuco in the seventeenth century, being one of the main names in the history of Recife.

3 - Luxembourg 

With an area smaller than that of Greater Sao Paulo, this tiny country squeezed between France, Germany and Belgium has not a king, but a grand duke. Henry of Luxembourg is the only person in the world to have that title today, but his power is still quite limited. The country, which can be considered a tax haven, has the third highest GDP per capita on the planet, $ 116,000, according to the UN. Brazil ranks 64th in the same ranking, with US $ 11,000 per person.

4 - Japan 

It is not only in Europe that the royal families are still really majesties. Japan also functions under a constitutional monarchy, but instead of a king or a prince, it has an emperor. Already 84 years old, Akihito is considered the 125th Emperor of Japan and has been in charge since 1989.

His son, Naruhito, will take office in 2019 after his retirement. It will be the first time in 200 years that a Japanese emperor will pass the throne ahead still alive. The dynasty has been in power for over 1,5000 years, but nowadays it is quite limited. According to some Shinto beliefs, the emperor has direct connection with the gods.

5 - Vatican 

Despite being inside Rome, the Vatican is an independent state, the smallest on the planet, and has in the figure of the Pope the representation of its power. Nowadays, the Argentine Francisco I is like the absolutist king of the city that counts on less than a thousand inhabitants and is the matrix of the catholic world. Although it is a type of monarchy, the throne is not passed from father to son, but through elections held between cardinals.

6 - Saudi Arabia 

Another country that counts on oil as the main source of income is Saudi Arabia, and who has control over everything that goes through there is Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. He took office only in 2015, but his family has been in power since 1932, when his father, Ibn Saud, founded the Arab nation that became the United States' main ally in the Middle East. The country is considered one of the most radical on the planet in relation to the rights of homosexuals.
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