Countries With Royal Families 2022

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The term "royal family" refers to the immediate family of a monarch (usually a king or queen) who leads a nation in a monarchy government. Monarchy countries have royal families. Traditionally, the royal family includes the ruling monarch, their spouse, their children and grandchildren, any still-living parents, their siblings, and their paternal cousins. Spouses of all immediate family members are also included in the royal family. In addition, aunts, uncles, great-grandchildren (as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II now has), and other descendants may also be considered part of the royal family.

Royal families of the world

Of the 26 monarchies around the world, 12 are in Europe and 10 of those 12 are led by a royal family. This includes well-known royal families such as the Windsors in the United Kingdom and the Grimaldi's in Monaco. However, monarchies in Africa and Asia also have notable royal families, many of whom have captivating stories. For example, Japan's current Emperor Emeritus Akihito broke 2,600 years of tradition in 1959 by marrying his beloved, a commoner named Michiko Shōda, instead of choosing an aristocratic bride from the approved social group. More recently, his granddaughter Princess Mako followed his example and gave up her royal status completely so she could marry the man she loved. Another royal family worthy of mention is Bhutan's photogenic Wangchuck family: King Jihme Singye, Queen Jetsun Pema, and the young princes Jigme Namgyel and Jigme Ugyen, who frequently charm the internet at large via annual calendar appearances and the queen's Instagram account.

List of current royal families in Europe:

  • The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gothas - Belgium (King Philippe)
  • The House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg - Denmark (Queen Margrethe II)
  • The House of Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein (Prince Hans-Adam II)
  • The House of Luxembourg-Nassau - Luxembourg - Grand Duke Henri
  • The House of Grimaldi - Monaco (Prince Albert II)
  • The House of Orange-Nassau - Netherlands (King Willem-Alexander)
  • The House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg - Norway - (King Harald V)
  • The House of Borbón-Anjou - Spain (King Felipe VI)
  • The House of Bernadotte - Sweden (King Carl XVI Gustaf)
  • The House of Windsor - United Kingdom (Queen Elizabeth II)

Which royal family rules over the largest kingdom?

It's a little-known fact in many countries that Queen Elizabeth II, arguably the most well-known monarch globally, is the queen of far more than just the United Kingdom. In fact, the British monarch technically also presides over 15 other countries spread all over the world, including Canada, the Bahamas, and Australia. These countries were all subjected to British rule at one point or another in their history, and although all are now independent sovereign nations, they still maintain at least a ceremonial connection to the British monarchy.

16 countries that consider Queen Elizabeth II their queen:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Australia
  4. Bahamas
  5. Barbados
  6. Belize
  7. Canada
  8. Grenada
  9. Jamaica
  10. New Zealand
  11. Papua New Guinea
  12. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  13. Saint Lucia
  14. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  15. Solomon Islands
  16. Tuvalu

Countries With Royal Families 2022

Country Royal Family Current Monarch 2022 Population
JapanYamatoEmperor Naruhito123,951,692
ThailandChakriKing Vajiralongkorn71,697,030
United KingdomWindsorQueen Elizabeth II67,508,936
SpainBorbón-AnjouKing Felipe VI47,558,630
CanadaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II38,454,327
MoroccoAlawiKing Mohammed VI37,457,971
Saudi ArabiaAl SaudKing Salman bin Abdulaziz36,408,820
MalaysiaBendaharaKing Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah33,938,221
AustraliaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II26,177,413
NetherlandsOrange-NassauKing Willem-Alexander17,564,014
CambodiaNorodomKing Norodom Sihamoni16,767,842
BelgiumSaxe-Coburg and GothaKing Philippe11,655,930
JordanHāshimKing Abdullah II11,285,869
SwedenBernadotteKing Carl XVI Gustaf10,549,347
Papua New GuineaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II10,142,619
DenmarkGlücksburgQueen Margrethe II5,882,261
NorwayGlücksburgKing Harald V5,434,319
New ZealandWindsorQueen Elizabeth II5,185,288
OmanAl SaidSultan Haitham bin Tariq4,576,298
KuwaitAl SabahEmir Nawaf Al-Ahmad4,268,873
JamaicaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II2,827,377
QatarAl ThaniEmir Tamim bin Hamad2,695,122
LesothoMosheshKing Letsie III2,305,825
BahrainAl KhalifaKing Hamad bin Isa1,472,233
EswatiniDlaminiKing Mswati III1,201,670
BhutanWangchuckKing Jigme Khesar Namgyel782,455
Solomon IslandsWindsorQueen Elizabeth II724,273
LuxembourgLuxembourg-NassauGrand Duke Henri647,599
BahamasWindsorQueen Elizabeth II409,984
BelizeWindsorQueen Elizabeth II405,272
Saint LuciaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II179,857
GrenadaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II125,438
TongaTupouKing Tupou VI106,858
Saint Vincent And the GrenadinesWindsorQueen Elizabeth II103,948
Antigua And BarbudaWindsorQueen Elizabeth II93,763
Saint Kitts And NevisWindsorQueen Elizabeth II47,657
MonacoGrimaldiSovereign Prince Albert II36,469
TuvaluWindsorQueen Elizabeth II11,312

Countries With Royal Families 2022