The Definitive List Of Reigning Kings Around The World
These reigning monarchs just couldn't wait to be King.
It's no secret that reigning kings are some of the most influential and powerful men around the world. From King Felipe VI of Spain to King Salman bin Abdul‘aziz of Saudi Arabia, these real-life reigning royals sure do live the life of luxury.
As you check out these well known Kings from around the world, you'll discover that although there are few absolute monarchies still in existence, the role of a King is still alive and well.
Here you'll find a collection of some of the world more well known ruling monarchs, whose duties range mostly from the ceremonial upkeep of their country's culture to absolute rulers who are still the head of their political systems.
You'll also learn fun facts about these Kings who are still on the throne and helping lead their countries, whether it be culturally, philanthropically, or even politically.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus was the eldest son of Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha. Unfortunately his father was never able to assume the thrown, as he was killed in a tragic plane crash when Carl Custaf was just a year old.
Carl Gustaf was just four years old when his grandfather became king in 1950, and he became one of Europe's youngest Kings when he assumed the thrown himself at the age of 27.
King Harald V of Norway
His Majesty King Harald, though his duties as King are largely ceremonial, attended the Norwegian Military Academy where he also attained the rank of captain in three different branches of his country's armed forced.
Though his initial relationship with commoner Sonja Haraldsen initially sparked some controversy, the couple would go on to marry in 1968 with the blessing of the then King Olaf as well as Norway's Constitutional authorities. King Harald ascended the thrown in 1991 after the death of his father.
King Abdullah II of Jordan
If you've ever been to Jordan then there's a small chance you may have even met King Abdullah, who has become known for donning a curly wig and jeans and mingling among his subjects in order to get a first hand account of how they feel about his rule. His stance as a modern monarch of the people was highlighted on his website, in which he envisioned "a Jordan with equal opportunities for all and with special privileges for none".
King Mohammed VI of Morocco
As his father late King Hassan II put it, King Mohammed VI of Morocco was groomed for "kingship" and became the King of Morocco in 1999. During his reign, he has initiated a series of political and economic changes as well as an investigation into human rights violations committed during his father's rule. Worth an estimated $5.7 billion, Morocco's King has one of the richest in the world.
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands
When King Willem-Alexander was younger, his rebellious nature seemed to indicate that he was a bit hesitant to take on future royal obligations, as he had a habit of sneaking out of the palace and ditching his body guards.
The future King's mother, the then Princess Beatrix attempted to make sure that her children had an otherwise normal upbringing and instructed staff to call Willem-Alexander by his first name until he was 16. Her faith in him paid off when after ruling for over a decade after the death of her husband, Queen Beatrix announced in 2013 that she was ready to retire and abdicated the thrown to her son.
King Jigme Khesar Mangyel Wangchuck of Bhutan
Still in his 30's, the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Mangyel Wangchuck is among the youngest ruling royalty in the world. However his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, made sure that his son was well ready to assume his duties before abdicating the thrown to him in December 2006.
The young King of Bhutan has followed in the footsteps of his father who received international acclaim for helping to turn Bhutan into a constitutional monarchy with an emphasis on the spiritual and mental well-being of his people being top priority.
King Philippe of Belgium
Though King Philippe of Belgium was groomed from childhood to ascend the thrown after his heirless uncle King Baudouin, it was decided upon Baudouin's death in 1993 that the prince, who was then 33, was not yet ready to take on the role. The Kingship was instead given over to his father, Albert
In 2013 however, King Albert abdicated the thrown in favor of his son, who took on his Kingship alongside his lovely wife and daughter, Elisabeth. When Elisabeth's turn comes to rule, she will be the sole Belgian female monarch in 171 years, due to a 1991 law ending male only succession.
King Felipe VI of Spain
Perhaps it was King Felipe's tall, dark, handsome appearance that was initially responsible for his International popularity, as he exudes all the things Disney princes are made of. The Spanish King however, gives all the credit to his parents. He credits his father King Juan Carlos, as being an inspiring leader, adviser, and friend, while he credits his mother Queen Sofia with his gentle demeanor as well as the spiritual and intellectual aspects of his upbringing.
King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand
The only male heir to Thailand's thrown, King Vajiralongkorn studying abroad from the age of 13 in Britain and Australia before embarking on a military career. He became an officer in the Thai army and is also a certified pilot and fighter pilot who often flies his own Boeing 737 on his overseas travels.
As crowned Prince, he spent much of his time out of the public eye but gained national support in 2015 when he led key figures of the current junta as well as thousands of others on a massive bike ride throughout Bangkok.
King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia
King Sihamoni has served as Cambodia's King since 2004 when his father King Norodom Sihanouk, in abdicated the throne to his son. Though initially a bit reluctant to take the throne, the Cambodian King agreed to take on the role after a unanimous vote of Cambodia's nine-member throne counsel.
Throughout his reign, the King has shown eagerness to reach out to the Cambodian population, making multiple visits to the countries rural villages. He also strives to improve Cambodia's education and health care systems and has attempted to revive the country's cultural life.
King Mswati III of Swaziland
When King Mswati III was first crowned at the age of 18 in 1986, he became the youngest ruling monarch in the world and remains one of the last absolute ruling monarchs on Earth.
He stays busy not only with national business, but with his 24 children and 15 wives, all of whom he was only permitted to marry after they became pregnant and proved they could bear royal heirs.
King Salman bin Abdul‘aziz of Saudi Arabia
King Salman bin Abdul‘aziz has been the king of Saudi Arabia since 2015, when he took over the thrown after the succession of his half brother King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is one of the world's richest monarchs and has an estimated net worth of $17 billion.
As it turns out, there's more to being a King than rocking a crown!
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