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List of Countries ruled by Monarch

There was a time when India, China, USA and other countries of the world were ruled by the Monarch or king. But as of now, there are around 44 sovereign states in the world are ruled by the monarch as Head of state. Read this article to know the names of the countries ruled by the Monarch or king.
Dec 6, 2019 15:01 IST
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What is Meaning of Monarchy:

A monarchy is a kind of government where the leader or ruler, generally from a particular family rules the country inherently. The leader or head of the state, who sits at the throne is known as the monarch.

Worth to mention; Monarchs are known with different names around the world for instance, a monarch is called a king, princess, queen, empress, and emperor.

All the monarchies are constitutional except Swaziland (absolute), Oman (absolute), Darussalam (absolute), Saudi Arabia (absolute theocracy), Vatican (absolute theocracy), Qatar (mixed), UAE (mixed) and Bahrain (mixed governance).

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Currently, around 44 countries have a monarch as the head of the state. These 44 monarch includes; 3 in Africa, 6 in Oceania, 10 in North America, 12 in Europe and 13 in Asia.

List of Current Monarchs in the World

Monarch country

Head of the State

Succession

1. Principality of Andorra

Co-Princes

Ex- Officio

2. Antigua and Barbuda

Queen

Hereditary

3. Commonwealth of Australia

Queen

Hereditary

4. Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Queen

Hereditary

5. Barbados

Queen

Hereditary

6. Kingdom of Bahrain

King

Hereditary

7. Kingdom of Belgium  

King

Hereditary

8. Belize

Queen

Hereditary

9. Kingdom of Bhutan

King

Hereditary

10. Kingdom of Cambodia

 King

Hereditary and elective

11. Brunei Darussalam

 Sultan

Hereditary

12. Canada

Queen

Hereditary

13. Kingdom of Denmark

Queen

Hereditary

14. Kingdom of Eswatini  

King

Hereditary and elective

15. Grenada

Queen

Hereditary

16. Jamaica

Queen

Hereditary

17. Japan

Emperor

Hereditary

18. State of Kuwait

Emir

Hereditary and elective

19. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

 King

Hereditary and elective

20. Kingdom of Lesotho

 King

Hereditary and elective

21. Principality of Liechtenstein

Sovereign Prince

Hereditary

22. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Grand Duke

Hereditary

23. Malaysia

Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Elective

24. Principality of Monaco

Sovereign Prince

Elective

25. Kingdom of Morocco

King

Constitutional

26. Kingdom of the Netherlands

King

Constitutional

27. New Zealand

Queen

Constitutional

28. Kingdom of Norway

King

Constitutional

29. Sultanate of Oman

Sultan

Absolute

30. Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Queen

Constitutional

31. Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Queen

Constitutional

32. Saint Lucia

Queen

Constitutional

33. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Queen

Constitutional

34. Solomon Islands

Queen

Constitutional

35. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

King

Hereditary and elective

36. Kingdom of Spain

King

Hereditary

37.Kingdom of Sweden

King

Hereditary

38.Kingdom of Thailand

King

Hereditary

39.State of Qatar

Emir

Hereditary

40.Kingdom of Tonga

King

Hereditary

41.Tuvalu

Queen

Hereditary

42.United Arab Emirates

President

Hereditary and elective

43.United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Queen

Hereditary

44. Vatican City State

Pope

Elective

The most popular and vast monarchy is called the Monarchy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Queen Elizabeth II is not only the monarch of the UK but also other nations, mostly in the African continent. 

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These countries include; Papua New Guinea, Barbados, Tuvalu, Antigua and Barbuda, Solomon Islands, Saint Lucia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Grenada, Belize, Bahamas, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

So this was the complete list of the countries that have a monarch as the head of the state. To read more such articles; click on the link given below.

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