Favorite current sovereign monarch?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Does anybody else find it strange there are exactly 30 of these guys? Or did I miscount?

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Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is also Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.Upon her accession on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth became Head ... of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. Her coronation the following year was the first to be televised. From 1956 to 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. Today, in addition to the first four of the aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. She is the longest-lived and, after her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, the second longest-reigning British monarch.Elizabeth was born in London and educated privately at home   more
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Felipe VI

Felipe VI is the King of Spain. He succeeded to the throne on 19 June 2014 following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos I. As heir apparent to the throne, he previously bore the title of Prince of Asturias, and worked to support philanth... ropic causes and to promote international fellowship among Spanish-speaking countries.In accordance with the Spanish Constitution, as monarch, he is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces, and also plays a role in promoting relations with Ibero-America, the "nations of its historical community". He is married to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, with whom he has two daughters, Leonor and Sofía. Leonor, the elder, is his heir presumptive   more
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I don't like any of the current sovereign monarchs.

Sounds like some countries need some more democracy...
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Akihito

Akihito English pronunciation is the reigning Emperor of Japan, the 125th emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. He acceded to the throne in 1989.In Japan, the emperor is never referred to by his given name, but ra... ther is referred to as "His Imperial Majesty the Emperor" which may be shortened to "His Imperial Majesty". In writing, the emperor is also referred to formally as "The Reigning Emperor". The Era of Akihito's reign bears the name "Heisei", and according to custom he will be renamed "Emperor Heisei" by order of the cabinet after his death. At the same time, the name of the next era under his successor will also be established   more
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Carl XVI Gustaf

Carl XVI Gustaf is the reigning King of Sweden. On 15 September 1973, he succeeded his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf. He is the only son of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.The King's heir appare... nt, upon passage on 1 January 1980 of a new law establishing absolute primogeniture, is Crown Princess Victoria, the eldest child of the King and his wife, Queen Silvia   more
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Albert II

Albert II is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, and head of the Princely House of Grimaldi. He is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the American actress Grace Kelly. His sisters are Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Prin... cess Stéphanie. In July 2011, Prince Albert married Charlene Wittstock.Prince Albert II is one of the wealthiest royals in the world, with assets valued at more than $1 billion, which includes land in both Monaco and France. While his real estate does not include the Prince's Palace, it does include holdings in the Société des bains de mer de Monaco, which operates Monaco's casino and other entertainment properties in the principality   more
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Abdullah

Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz is the King of Saudi Arabia. He ascended to the throne on 1 August 2005 upon the death of his half-brother, King Fahd. According to Forbes, in 2013, Abdullah was among the world's most powerful people ranked 8th globally.Abdul... lah, like Fahd, is one of the many sons of Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. Abdullah has held important political posts throughout most of his adult life. In 1961 he became mayor of Mecca, his first public office. And, in 1962, he was appointed commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a post he was still holding when he became king. He also served as deputy defense minister and was named crown prince when Fahd took the throne in 1982. After King Fahd suffered a serious stroke in 1995, Abdullah became the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia until claiming the throne a decade later.Abdullah is the sixth king of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, thus controlling 18% of the world's oil. As of 2013 the kingdom boasts a GDP of over $900 billion making it among the 20 richest countries worldwide. The kingdom has been categorized as a high-income economy along with high human development   more
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Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is the eighth and current Emir of the State of Qatar. He is the fourth son of the previous Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. He became Emir of Qatar on 25 June 2013 after his father's abdic... ation. Sheikh Tamim has held a variety of government posts within Qatar and also worked to promote numerous sporting events within the country. As of 2013, Tamim is the world's youngest reigning monarch   more
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Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the President of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the commander of Union Defence Force. He is also a prominent philanthropist, and has spent over $460 million in humanitarian projects from...  his personal fortune.He succeeded to the position of the Emir of Abu Dhabi on November 2004 after the death of his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, thereby becoming the President of the federation next day. Although as Crown Prince, he had effectively been acting president earlier since the late 1990s as his father was in ill health. Khalifa is also chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages over $ 600 billion in assets. While the Al Nahyan family is believed to have a fortune of $150 billion collectively as a family   more
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Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the reigning pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is both Bishop of Rome and absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State.Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub b... ouncer before beginning seminary studies. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969 and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina's Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741, 1,272 years earlier.Throughout his public life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs and faiths   more
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Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman

Qaboos bin Said Al Said is the Sultan of Oman and its Dependencies. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970. He is the 14th-generation descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Sa'idi dynasty.
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Abdul Halim

Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj sir Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, GCB KStJ is the 14th and current Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, as well as the 27th and current Sultan of Kedah. He previously served as t... he fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1970 to 1975. He is the first person to hold the position twice, as well as the oldest elected to the office. He is a week older than the world's longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand   more
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Henri

Henri is the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg, reigning since 7 October 2000. He is the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, and a first cousin of the current King of the Belgians, Philippe.
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Abdullah II

Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein is the King of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 upon the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah, whose mother is Princess Muna al-Hussein, is a member of the Hashemite family.
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Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah GCB is the 5th Prince of Kuwait and the Commander of the Military of Kuwait. He was sworn in on 29 January 2006 after confirmation by the National Assembly of Kuwait. He is the fourth son of Kuwait's 10th ruler Sheik... h Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. As of 2014 he was the head of the Sabah monarchy   more
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Letsie III

Letsie III is the reigning king of Lesotho. He succeeded his father, Moshoeshoe II, when the latter was forced into exile in 1990. His father was briefly restored in 1995 but soon died in a car crash in early 1996, and Letsie became king again. As a...  constitutional monarch, most of King Letsie's duties as monarch of Lesotho are ceremonial.He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College. From there he went on to study at the National University of Lesotho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law. He then went on to study at the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, and the University of London. He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho   more
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Hans-Adam II

Hans-Adam II is the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein. He is the son of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein and his wife Countess Georgina von Wilczek. He also bears the titles Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf, and Count Rietberg. He descends in t... he direct male line from merely three of the previous fourteen Princes of Liechtenstein, and of another in the female line   more
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Harald V

Harald V (Born 21 February 1937) is the King of Norway. He succeeded to the throne of Norway upon the death of his father Olav V on 17 January 1991. The son of the then-Crown Prince Olav and of Princess Märtha of Sweden, Harald was born at the Crown...  Prince Residence at Skaugum, Akershus, Norway. A member of the House of Glücksburg, a house originally from Northern Germany, Harald became the first Norwegian-born prince since Olav IV, who was born in 1370. Harald V is the formal head of the Church of Norway and the Norwegian Armed Forces. He has two children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Märtha Louise. He is closely related to other European monarchs. He is the first cousin once removed of King Philippe of Belgium and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, the second cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Elizabeth II of England, and the second cousin once removed of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden   more
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Tupou VI

Tupou VI is the King of Tonga. He is the younger brother and successor of the late King George Tupou V. He was officially confirmed by his brother on 27 September 2006 as the heir presumptive to the Tongan throne, as his brother had no legitimate ch... ildren. He served as Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, and resided in Canberra until the death of King George Tupou V on 18 March 2012, when ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho became King of Tonga, with the regnal name Tupou VI   more
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Mswati III

Mswati III is the current King of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. Mswati was born in Manzini, Swaziland to King Sobhuza II and one of his younger wives Ntfombi Tfwala. Mswati was Tfwala’s only child. He attended primary school at Masun... dvwini Primary School and secondary school at Lozitha Palace School. He then attended from 1983 to 1986 Sherborne School in north-west Dorset, England. Makhosetive was crowned Mswati III, Ingwenyama and King of Swaziland on 25 April 1986 at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest ruling monarch at the time in the world. Together with his mother Ntfombi Tfwala, now Queen Mother, he rules the country as an absolute monarch. Mswati III is known for his practice of polygyny and currently has 15 wives. His policies and opulent lifestyle have also triggered domestic protests   more
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Mohammed VI

Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco. He acceded to the throne on 23 July 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hassan II. His birthday is a public holiday, although festivities were cancelled upon the death of his aunt in 2014.
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Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bhumibol Adulyadej is the King of Thailand. He is also known as Rama IX, as he is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in ... Thai history, serving for 68 years, 187 days.King Bhumibol is respected and revered by most Thais. In 1957, the overthrow of his then government was justified with allegations of lèse majesté, which is offence against the dignity of the monarch, punishable under Thai law. Although Bhumibol did invite public criticism in a 2005 speech, the lèse majesté laws have not been revoked by the Thai parliament.Forbes estimated Bhumibol's fortune—including property and investments managed by the Crown Property Bureau, a unique body that is neither private nor government-owned—to be US$30 billion in 2010, and he was the leader of the magazine's list of "The World's Richest Royals" from 2008 to 2013. In May 2014, Bhumibol's wealth was once again listed as US$30 billion. Officially the assets managed by the CPB are owned by the crown as an institution, not Bhumibol Adulyadej as an individual   more
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Willem-Alexander

Willem-Alexander is the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of the countries of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten. He is head of the Dutch royal house and the House of Amsberg.Willem-Alexander was born in Utrecht and i... s the eldest child of Princess Beatrix and German diplomat Claus von Amsberg. He became Prince of Orange and heir apparent to the throne of the Netherlands on 30 April 1980, when his mother became queen regnant, and he ascended the throne on 30 April 2013 when his mother abdicated.He went to public primary and secondary schools, served in the Royal Netherlands Navy, and studied history at Leiden University. He married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002 and they have three daughters: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.Willem-Alexander is interested in sports and international water management issues. Until his accession to the throne, he was a member of the International Olympic Committee, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Water to the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, and chairman of the Secretary-General of the United Nations' Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation   more
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Joan Enric Vives Sicília

Archbishop Joan Enric Vives i Sicília is the current Bishop of Urgell, a Roman Catholic diocese, and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra.
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François Hollande

François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande is a French politician. A longtime leader of the Socialist Party, he became President of France with the election of May 2012. In accordance with established law, the assumption of the French Presidency also ... made Hollande the ex-officio Co-Prince of Andorra.Hollande was the First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 1997 to 2008. He also served in the National Assembly twice, as a representative of Corrèze. His past offices included mayor of Tulle and president of Corrèze's General Council   more
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Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah

Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa is the 1st King of Bahrain, having previously been its 2nd Emir. He is the son of Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the previous and 1st Emir. The country has been run by the Al Khalifa dynasty since 1783.
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Philippe of Belgium

Philippe or Filip is the King of the Belgians, having ascended the throne on 21 July 2013. He is the eldest child of King Albert II, whom he succeeded upon Albert's abdication for health reasons, and Queen Paola. He married Countess Mathilde d'Udeke... m d'Acoz, with whom he has four children. King Philippe's elder daughter, Princess Elisabeth, is next in the line of succession. At age 54, Philippe is Europe's third-youngest reigning monarch, following the 47-year-old Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and the 46-year-old Felipe VI of Spain   more
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the 5th and current reigning Druk Gyalpo or "Dragon King" of the Kingdom of Bhutan. After his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated the throne in his favour, he became King on 9 December 2006. A public coronation ... ceremony was held on 1 November 2008, an auspicious year that marked 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan   more
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Hassanal Bolkiah

Hassanal Bolkiah, GCB GCMG is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. He is also the first and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei. The eldest son of Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Rani Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeede... d to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on 4 October 1967.The sultan was once the wealthiest individual in the world, with Forbes estimating the sultan's net worth at US$20 billion in 2008. The sultan lives in the Istana Nurul Iman, a 1,800-room palace. The sultan has had three wives and has eight children   more
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Norodom Sihamoni

Norodom Sihamoni is the reigning King of Cambodia. He ascended the throne on 14 October 2004. He is the eldest son of Norodom Sihanouk and his second wife Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. He was Cambodia's ambassador to UNESCO and named by a nine-member ... throne council to become the next king after his father Norodom Sihanouk abdicated in 2004. Before ascending the throne, Sihamoni was best known for his work as a cultural ambassador in Europe and as a classical dance instructor   more
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Margrethe II

Margrethe II (full name: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid; born 16 April 1940) is the Queen of Denmark. As the eldest child of King Frederik IX and Ingrid of Sweden, she succeeded her father upon his death on 14 January 1972. On her accession,...  she became the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I, ruler of the Scandinavian countries in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union. Having been on the Danish throne for 42 years, she is currently the longest-reigning of the three Scandinavian monarchs (Sweden's Carl XVI Gustaf has reigned since 1973 & Norway's Harald V has reigned since 1991). She is one of two queens regnant currently on the throne along with Queen Elizabeth II   more
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