What are the countries that still have Monarch rule?

Updated: Aug 7

Monarchy was the common form of government until the 20th century. Monarchical rule is replaced by republican power in modern times. However, there are few countries that still comes under the power of the King/Queen.


Modern monarchs are mostly constitutional ones where it is subjected to limited or no political power under the nation's constitution. They have only legal or ceremonial role to play in the society. In some nations, monarchs has little political influence whereas some nations are completely ruled by the monarchs.


Countries where monarchs are ceremonial figures:


Norway: King Harald V

Duties includes appointing Norwegian cabinet and the Prime minister with the approval from the parliament.






Sweden: Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath

Ceremonial duties includes conducting state visits to other nations on behalf of Sweden and some official duties. Silvia is known for her charity works.





The Netherlands: King Willem-Alexander

He has an important role as the President of the Council of state. It is an advisory body and any law has to go though the council first before submitted to the parliament.







Spain: King Felipe VI

Spain monarchy has very low power. The King serves as mere figure of the state and many people see the royal family as the symbol of unity and culture in Spain.






Danish Monarchy: Queen Margrethe II

The Kingdom includes Denmark, Greenland and Faroe islands. The Queen hosts official visits by foreign Heads of State, pays state visits abroad, receives letters of credence from foreign ambassadors and signs those of Danish ambassadors.





Luxembourg: Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Grand Duke is the Head of State and commands Luxembourg's army by being in the rank of General. He plays an active role in promoting the Grand Duchy and represents the country during foreign visits.








Belgium: King Philippe

The king is the symbol of the country. His duty is just to sign the laws passed with the approval from a minister.





Lesotho: King Letsie III

Lesotho is a country of mountains and plateaus within the border of South Africa. The king is the symbol of national unity and he doesn't enjoy any political power.






Cambodia: King Norodom Sihamoni

He was appointed as Cambodia's ambassador to UNESCO and also performed some real political roles.








Malaysia: Abdullah of Pahang

Each Malaysian state has a hereditary leader, called a sultan. Every five years, the sultans elect one of their members to serve as king. His role includes major appointments in the ministry and he is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.




Japan: Naruhito

The Emperor performs ceremonial and social duties in the welfare of the state.










Countries where the monarchs has some political power:


Morocco: King Mohammed VI

He has the power to appoint the Prime minister and other members of the government. However, he can no longer dissolve the parliament or call for new elections.




Monaco: Prince Albert II

Despite Monaco has an elected legislature, the Prince gets to appoint the minister of state from a list of three pre-selected candidates.





Thailand: King Maha Vajiralongkorn

The King is the Head of armed forces and also retained some traditional powers such as the power to appoint his heirs, the power to grant pardons, and the royal assent.




Liechtenstein: Prince Hans Adam II

Liechtenstein is a German-speaking micro-state in Alpine Central Europe. The prince can veto any legislation and dissolve the parliament at his own will.







Tonga: King Tupou VI

Tonga is a Pacific island nation with the King who can use his political powers with recommendation from the Prime minister.








Bhutan: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk

The most important and ongoing works of the King involves Kidu, a tradition based on the rule of a Dharma King whose sacred duty is to care for his people. The King has the power to grant amnesty to prisoners and he can sign treaties with foreign nations.




Jordan: King Abdullah II

Jordan has an appointed Prime minister. The King has the ability to veto any law and dissolve the parliament at his own will.





United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II

Even-though England has a constitutional monarchy, the Queen has more power. The power to appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister, other ministers, dissolve parliament, make war and peace, command the armed forces of UK, regulate civil services, issue passport, ratify treaties, appoint bishops and archbishops of the church and much more.


Countries where the monarchs who actually rule:


Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz

He is the King and Prime minister. However, his 33-year old son Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud is considered to be the ruler of this world's leading oil exporter.






Kuwait: Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

He is the ruling head of the state and the Commander of Kuwait Military Forces.








Qatar: Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

He is the Head of state of Qatar, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Qatar Armed Forces and guarantor of the Constitution.





United Arab Emirates: Emir Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

He is the current President of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, the Supreme Commander of the Union Defense Force and the chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council.







Swaziland: King Mswati III

Swaziland is a landlocked monarchy in South Africa known for its wild reserves. 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 polygamy. He currently has 15 wives.




Brunei: Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei is a tiny island nation near Malaysia. It is known for its beaches and bio-diverse rain-forests. Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan and Prime minister of Brunei. He appoints virtually all of Brunei’s ruling bodies, including the Legislative Council and the Supreme and Sharia Courts. His 1,800-room palace is considered the world’s largest private residence.




Oman: Qaboos bin Said Al Said

He has been the Sultan of Oman and Minister of Foreign affairs since 1972.



















Bahrain: King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa

He is the Head of the Bahrain department of defense and the vice-chairman of the administrative council.






Vatican city: Pope Francis

Pope is the head of the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome. Pope is also the head of Vatican City. He meets with heads of state and maintains diplomatic relationships with more than 100 nations.