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10 European countries where royal families rule

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands becomes Europe's youngest hereditary monarch

Last Updated: August 12, 2013

With his coronation in July 2013, Belgium's King Philippe joined an elite European club made up of former Olympians, beloved artists and the super-wealthy. Hover over the crown icons or photos to learn more.


The kings, queens, princes and dukes in these countries play largely ceremonial roles in their democracies. (Tiny Liechtenstein, where the Prince has effective veto power, is a notable exception.)




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