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10 powerful monarchs who command respect

June 03, 2014 08:14 IST

10 powerful monarchs who command respect

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After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos of Spain is to abdicate in favour of his son Crown Prince Felipe.
 
The handover will make King Juan Carlos the first Spanish king to pass on the crown to his offspring since 1885.
 
Once one of the world's most popular monarchs, King Juan Carlos has seen his reign plagued by a series of recent scandals -- including an elephant-shooting trip he took in the middle of Spain's financial crisis during which he broke his right hip and had to be flown from Botswana back to Spain for medical treatment aboard a private jet.
 
His image was also tarnished by the investigation of his son-in law, who is suspected of embezzling large amounts in public contracts.
 
Even as details of the Spanish transition emerge, Rediff.com takes a look at some of the remaining monarchs in the world today.
 
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Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II 
 
Nation: United Kingdom
 
Coronated: June 2, 1953
 
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary or Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms, and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. She is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and, in some of her realms, carries the additional title of Defender of the Faith.
 
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Image: Queen Elizabeth II
Photographs: Lyle Stafford/Reuters

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King Willem-Alexander

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King Willem-Alexander
 
Nation: Netherlands
 
Coronated: April 30, 2013
 
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand is the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of the countries of the Netherlands (including the Caribbean Netherlands), Curacao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten. 

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Image: Dutch King Willem-Alexander
Photographs: Lionel Bonaventure/Reuters

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King Philippe

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King Philippe

Nation: Belgium

Coronated: July 21, 2013

At age 54, Philippe is Europe's second youngest reigning monarch, following the 47-year-old Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

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Image: Belgium's King Philippe
Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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King Abdullah bin Abdul'aziz

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King Abdullah bin Abdul'aziz
 
Nation: Saudi Arabia
 
Coronated: August 1, 2005
 
King Abdullah, according to Forbes, is among the world's most powerful people. He is the sixth king of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, thus controlling 18 per cent of the world's oil. He a personal fortune estimated at $18 billion and reportedly has four wives, seven sons, and 15 daughters.

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said
 
Nation: Oman
 
Coronated: July 23, 1970
 
Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id Al Sa'id, the 14th descendant of the Al Bu Sa'idi dynasty, is a socially and politically active monarch who has ruled Oman for over 44 years as Sultan

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Image: Sultan Qaboos bin Said at the Al Alam Royal Palace in Muscat
Photographs: Sultan Al Hasani/Reuters

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej
 
Nation: Thailand
 
Coronated: June 9, 1946
 
King Bhumibol, also known as Rama IX, is the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. The world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history is respected and revered by most Thais. The King is legally considered "inviolable", and any offence against the dignity of the monarch may be punished

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Image: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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Emperor Akihito

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Emperor Akihito
 
Nation: Japan
 
Coronated: January 7, 1989
 
After officially being named heir to the Japanese throne in 1952, Emperor Akihito was the first member of the Imperial family to marry a commoner. Akihito became the 125th emperor of Japan in 1990, and has since earned renown for his humanitarian gestures.

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Image: Japan's Emperor Akihito
Photographs: Kenichiro Seki/Reuters

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck
 
Nation: Bhutan
 
Coronated: December 9, 2006
 
Wangchuck is known for his personal touch with his people, and often referred to as the 'People's King'

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Image: Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuk
Photographs: Reuters

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King Carl XVI Gustaf

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King Carl XVI Gustaf
 
Nation: Sweden
 
Coronated: September 15, 1973 
 
Worldwide, Carl XVI Gustaf is probably best known as the presenter of the Nobel Prizes each year. He also hands over the Polar Music Prize. Like many members of the Swedish royal family, the King has a keen interest in automobiles. He owns several Porsche 911s -- a car model which is said to be a particular favourite of the King -- as well as a vintage Volvo PV444, a Ferrari 456M GT, an authentic AC Cobra and other cars

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Image: Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf
Photographs: Tim Shaffer/Reuters

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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
 
Nation: Brunei
 
Coronated: October 4, 1967
 
The Sultan is worth an estimated $20 billion and lives in a 1,800-room palace. Bolkiah has been in the news lately for implementing a controversial Sharia law penal code that includes death by stoning, the severing of limbs, and flogging for crimes in Brunei such as abortions, adultery and homosexual acts

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Image: Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (front) leaves an airplane as he arrives a day before the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg.
Photographs: Alexey Kudenko/Reuters

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