The term “royal family” refers to the immediate family of a king of queen that leads a nation in a monarchy form of government. Sometimes, this term may also be used to describe immediate and extended family.
Traditionally, the royal family includes the spouse of the reigning monarch, surviving spouses of deceased monarchs, children, grandchildren, siblings, and paternal cousins. Spouses of all immediate family members are also included in the royal family. Great grandchildren and other descendants may also be considered part of the royal family.
Throughout the world, many countries have a monarch, and this monarch has relatives known as the royal family. These countries include:
- Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei
- Japan, Jordan
- Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
- Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco
- Netherlands, Norway
- Saudi Arabia, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden
- Thailand, Tonga
- United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
- Vatican City
One important thing to note is that Queen Elizabeth II, perhaps the most well-known monarch in the world, is commonly known as the queen of United Kingdom. However, she is a monarch over the 16 commonwealth realms, which include: