As of 2015, the countries that are ruled by a king or a queen include the United Kingdom, which is ruled by Queen Elizabeth II. Other countries are Denmark ruled by Queen Margrethe II, Norway ruled by King Harald V and Sweden ruled by King Carl XVI Gustav.
Belgium is ruled by King Philippe, while Spain's king is Felipe VI. Lesotho is ruled by King Letsie III and Swaziland by King Mswati III. Japan's emperor is Akihito, the king of Tonga is Tupou VI, and the king of the Netherlands is Willem-Alexander.
The king of Jordan is Abdullah II. The king of Saudi Arabia is also Abdullah, and the king of Bahrain is Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. Morocco's king is Mohammed VI and Cambodia's king is Norodom Sihamoni. The king of Bhutan is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
The world's longest reigning monarch is King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who has been reigning since 1946. The second longest reigning monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who came to the throne upon the death of her father, George VI, in 1952. Queen Elizabeth's kingdom is the largest in terms of area and population, as it stretches from the British Isles to Canada to Australia, the Caribbean and Polynesia.Learn More
As of 2014, countries with a sovereign monarchy are the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Brunei, Bahrain, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Bhutan, Swaziland, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Vatican City. Most of the monarchies are hereditary, which means they are passed down from one family member to another, usually father to son.Full Answer >
Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are some of the countries that utilize representative democracies either wholly or in part. A representative democracy is a system of government in which representatives are elected to serve terms in office as representatives of their constituents.Full Answer >
Queen Elizabeth II is famous for her conservative dress, her reserved personality, and as of October 2014, for never giving an interview to the press. She was third in line for the throne and became queen in 1952 when her father passed away. At the time, she was 25 years old.Full Answer >
Great Britain, as part of the United Kingdom, is subject to a constitutional monarchy form of government in which a figurehead monarch, who was Queen Elizabeth II as of the summer of 2014, holds more symbolic than actual power and most of the actual governance is performed by a parliamentary system, which includes elected and appointed officials. The U.K. Parliament consists of two houses, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and the government as a whole is presided over by an executive branch that includes a prime minister, deputy prime minister, cabinet and other executive ministers. The office of prime minister is filled not by the electorate, but by appointment based on which political party controls the House of Commons.Full Answer >