Royal families from around the world
As the UK welcomes its new future King into the world we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the other royal families from around the world. As an expat you may be living or wanting to live in one of those nations with royalty.
Monarchy of Belgium
The Belgian royal family is one of the youngest in Europe having only been created in 1831 when the country won its independence and placed King Leopold of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha dynasty onto the throne. The Belgian monarchy has been in the news this month after King Albert the second abdicated from the throne. His son the newly proclaimed King Philippe became the Belgian monarch on the 21st July 2013. The Belgian royal family is largely popular and well respected among the populace.
Monarchy of the Netherlands
The Dutch royal family was created in the 1580’s at a time when the Netherlands was under the occupation of the Spanish. William the first, Prince of Orange is listed as the first King and known as the father of the country. The Kingdom of the Netherlands however officially became recognised in 1815. On April 30th King William-Alexander ascended the throne on the 30th of April 2013 after Queen Beatrix abdicated.
Imperial House of Japan
The Japanese imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world with the family’s lineage dating all the way back to the sixth century BC. The emperor was thought to possess magical powers and to converse with the gods. It was therefore considered beneath him to become involved in the day-to-day running of the country. After the Second World War the Emperors role was to represent the symbol of the state and the unity of the Japanese people.
Today Emperor Akihito sits on the Japanese throne after beginning his reign in 1989. In Japan, the emperor is never referred to by his given name, but rather is referred to as “His Imperial Majesty the Emperor” which may be shortened to ”His Imperial Majesty”.
Spanish Royal family
The Royal family of Spain was created in the 15th century when the two kingdoms of Castile and Aragon united in marriage to form the kingdom of Spain. Since then Spanish monarchs have seen Spain become a world power, fall under a dictator and be reborn as a modern democracy. The current King is Juan Carlos the first.
Chakri Dynasty of Thailand
The Chakri dynasty has ruled Thailand since 1782. The dynasty’s name comes from the title of Chao Pharaya Chakri which was held by the lands greatest warlords. The current Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest living serving monarch in the world and has been king since the 9th of June 1946. He is also listed as the world’s wealthiest monarch.
Royal families of the United Arab Emirates
The UAE is comprised of several kingdoms (emirates) with each member having its own royal family. The President of the UAE is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who is also the emir of Abu Dhabi. The Prime minister is the monarch of Dubai.