- There are 26 monarchies in the world.
- Some royal families are enormous, while other rulers have no children.
- Here are photos of 15 royal families around the world.
The British monarchy continues to capture the world’s attention, from Queen Elizabeth II’s longevity to Kate Middleton’s flawless hairstyles to Prince George’s tendency to look royally unimpressed. But there are 25 other royal families in the world, some who reign as figureheads and others who rule with political power.
Here are 15 you might not have heard of.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands pose with their family during the annual summer photo call in Warmond, Netherlands.
The Jordanian royal family celebrates the country’s 70th Independence Day in May 2016. Princess Iman is missing from the photo, but she’s becoming a style icon in her own right.
The royal family of Belgium on a family ski trip to Switzerland in February 2016.
The Danish Royal Family at their annual summer photocall in Grasten, Denmark, July 2016.
Japan’s royal family poses with the family pet at their Togu Palace home in Tokyo.
King Norodom Sihamoni, a bachelor, watches Cambodia’s annual water festival celebrations in November 2016.
Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg holds an umbrella for his wife, Princess Stephanie, as they arrive at the celebration of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway’s 80th birthdays in May.
Princess Sofia of Spain marks her First Communion at the Asuncion de Nuestra Senora Church in Madrid, Spain.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden holds Prince Oscar after his Christening ceremony in May 2016.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits on a balcony at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in December 2012 after addressing the crowd on his 85th birthday. He died in 2016 at the age of 88, triggering a year of mourning throughout Thailand.
Members of the royal family look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the 2017 Colour parade in London, England.
King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and family attend a garden party during the Royal Silver Jubilee Tour in Trondheim, Norway.
Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her children attend the Fight Aids Charity Gala in Monaco. Princess Stephanie is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and Grace Kelly.
Swaziland’s King Mswati III, left, sits near four of his 15 wives at the country’s international trade fair in Manzini, Swaziland.
King Mohammed VI and Princess Laila Salma welcomed their son, Moulay Al Hassan, in 2003.