All the Countries in the World That Still Have Kings

Last Modified on 24th November, 2022

There are countries worldwide with a wide variety of royalty, with leaders taking roles ranging from large ceremonies to owning absolute power as kings to their country.


The principality of tiny landlocked Andorra, located on the Iberian Peninsula, is around France and Spain. Acting as co-princes and regents of the nation is the Catholic bishop of Urgell, a Roman Catholic diocese, and the president of France. Presently the co-princes are bishop Joan-Enric Vives and the president of the nation, Emmanuel Macron, pictured.

Emmanuel Macron
Caption: Emmanuel Macron of Andorra (Photo: U.S. News)


The Great Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf. The government is a constitutional monarchy led by the king, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. He has been the ruling monarch nation since 1999.

Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Bahrain king Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (Photo: Arab Royal Family)


The Kingdom of Belgium, pinned in northwestern Europe, has a constitutional rule of government. The present king, Philippe (or Filip in Du), is the main head of state. He has ruled the lovely nation since 2013.

Caption: King Philippe of Belgium (Photo: D.W.)


The nation of Bhutan is a small landlocked nation that lies in South Asia that has a constitutional monarchy. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the “Druk Gyalpo,” or Dragon King, and is the head of the tiny Asian. He ascended the throne in the year of  2006.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Caption: Bhutan’s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (Photo: The Famous People)


Brunei is a country that is part of the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. Hassanal Bolkiah is the present sultan, having got the throne in 1967. He is also the country’s only prime minister since the country became independent in 1984 and the head of government.


Hassanal Bolkiah
Caption: Hassanal Bolkiah saluting (Photo: The Teal Mango)


The  Asian nation of Cambodia is an elective constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. Norodom Sihamoni has been the king of the country since the year 2004 and has been named by the country’s throne council.

Norodom Sihamoni
Caption: Norodom Sihamoni (Photo: GlobalSecruity.Org)

Commonwealth Nations

The British royal family rules over the world’s most famed royals more than the United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II is the former reigning constitutional rule over 16 commonwealth countries: With the U.K., other 15 independent nations also include Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952 and recently passed away in September of 2022.

Queen Elizabeth II
Caption: Queen Elizabeth II smiling (Photo: Oprah Daily)


The Great European nation of Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations and is the famed constitutional queen. Margrethe II is the current queen of the country and has ruled Denmark since 1972.

Margrethe II
Caption: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (Photo: NationalWorld)


The  African Kingdom of eSwatini, known as  Swaziland, is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa. The country’s government is a total diarchy, meaning the nation is jointly ruled by the “Ngwenyama” (king) and “Ndlovukati” (queen). In 1986, Mswati III  became king, and Ntfombi also became queen.


King Mswati III
Caption: King Mswati III (Photo:


Japan is an archipelago medium size nation located in East Asia, which is a constitutional monarchy. Emperor Akihito got the throne in 1989 and was the 125th member of the world’s oldest reigning monarchy dynasty. On April 30, Akihito left the throne and allowed his son Naruhito to become the newest emperor to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Caption: Japan emperor Naruhito (Photo: DW)


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a small landlocked Middle Eastern nation located on the east bank of the Jordan River. This small country is a constitutional monarchy, and King Abdullah II has been the nation’s king since 1999.

King Abdullah II
Caption: King Abdullah II Jordan King (Photo: The Times of Israel)


The  African nation of Lesotho is a small landlocked country within South Africa. King Letsie III has been in power since 1996 and held a largely ceremonial role.

King Letsie III
Caption: King Letsie III (Photo: Facebook)


The final European Principality of Liechtenstein is a small nation in Western Europe whose form part of government is a constitutional monarchy. Prince Hans-Adam II has been ruling as the monarch since 1989.

Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein
Caption: Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein (Photo: The Star)


The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a small landlocked  European nation in Western Europe. Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy with only one legislative house. While the grand duke appoints the prime minister, his powers are formal. Grand Duke Henri has been ruling as a king since 2000.

Grand Duke Henri
Caption: Grand Duke Henri (Photo: Luxembourg Times)


The famous nation of Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy situated in Southeast Asia. Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah was crowned the country’s 16th king in early 2019. Malaysia has a unique rotating monarchy system, in which nine ethnic Malay state rulers take their turns as kings for five-year intervals.

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
Caption: Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of Malaysia (Photo: Repictblog)


Monaco is a small state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe and is one of a few nations where the kings rule is still active in daily politics. Prince Albert II, son of the late American actress Grace Kelly, has been the head of state of the country of Monaco since 2005.

Prince Albert II of Monaco
Caption: Prince Albert II of Monaco (Photo: Look to


The Fine European nation of  Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy with most of its territory located in Western Europe and several small island territories in the Caribbean Sea. The monarch of the kingdom is the country’s country’s lovely nation. King Willem Alexander took the throne in 2013.

King Willem Alexander
King Willem Alexander of Netherlands (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)


The European nation of Norway is a constitutional monarchy that could be found in Northern Europe. King Harald V and Queen Sonja have ruled the lovely country since 1991.

King Harald V and Queen Sonja
Caption: King Harald V and Queen Sonja (Photo: Royal Central)

Saudi Arabia

The Arabian nation of Saudi Arabia is located in the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. The country is an absolute monarchial rule, with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud acting as their prime minister and head of state from 2015 onwards.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
Caption: King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (Photo: Big News

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