“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.” Among thousands of royal families across the world, TopYaps is fetching a list of top 10 well known families. Have a look!
The monarchy of Netherlands was approved in 1815 during the Congress of Vienna and it is regulated by the members of House of Orange-Nassau. This royal family was founded after the marriage of Claudia of Chalon-Orange of France and Hendrik III of Nassau-Breda. Currently headed by queen Beatrix, his son Prince Willem Alexander is the next heir to the throne. The monarch is an essential part of the government of Netherlands and speaks with one voice to implement any rule in the country.
Founded on November 22, 1830, as a constitutional monarchy by the National Congress of Belgium, this royal family is currently being governed by King Albert II. Far away from the religious and ideological considerations, the king is believed as the supreme authority of the Belgium’s administrative and political matters. Apart from the other European royal families, the monarch of Belgium is throned only after taking a constitutional oath whereas other countries follow the maxim of abdication.
Cuddled between Switzerland and Austria, this monarchy has changed Liechtenstein into an industrial powerhouse. It is counted among one of the oldest royal families of Europe and possesses the parliamentary democracy under constitutive monarchy. This royal family is currently being headed by Prince Hans-Adam II, son of Franz Joseph II and Countess Georgina von Wilczek.
Comprising the complete authority over Morocco’s government, the world famous monarchy of Morocco is also known for the significant contribution of King Hassan II for peace in Middle East. The king of Morocco is believed as the direct descendant of the prophet Mohammad and any type of unfavorable remark on the monarchy is considered as blasphemy. In July 1999, Mohammed VI was crowned as the king and since then he has been known as the “King of the poor” and “The King of Cool“.
Protector of Buddhist faith in Thailand, this royal family has witnessed nine kings, ever from its inception. Currently, this family is being governed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is also credited with the “World’s longest reigning current monarch” (ruling since June 9, 1946). This family is considered as a strong pillar for the prosperity of Thailand.
Ruled by the notable al Khalifa dynasty since 1783, this constitutional monarchy is now governed by Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the firebrand of democratic transformations. However, Bahrain has a democratically voted parliament but the King’s decision is regarded as the eventual and no one can trespass it.
A significant component of Jordan’s soul, The Hashemite royal family was established in 1921. This family is credited for the institutional groundwork for heightening the modern Jordan and also for its significant contribution in enhancing the democratic legitimacy. The current monarch of this family is Abdullah II, who was crowned on February 7, 1999, after the passing away of his father, King Hussein.
Founded by Abdul Aziz ibn Saud in 1932, the king of this royal family constitutes the absolute political power within Saudi Arabia. Because of its theocratic principle, the monarchy of Saudi Arabia is often referred as dictators but its salient contribution in international economy is really admirable.
Mama Mia! Here comes the bigwig of international market of crude oils and gases. Presently, Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th sultan of Brunei is the head of this family and also the first Prime Minister of Brunei Darussalam. Monarchy of Brunei is considered as the protector of faith and integrity.
Currently headed by Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family of Britain is one of the most celebrated family in the world. However, this family has no role in government affairs but it contributes a lot in worldwide public engagements. After the mystical death of Princess Diana, this family was massively spotlighted by the international media. Later, the marriage of Prince Charles and Camila Parker also became an international gossip. It again came into spotlight after the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child – a boy – who is third in line to the throne and would one day become king.
(Last Updated: July 24, 2013)