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Wit & Wisdom of Kings & Queens: I Am Not Amused

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Until the 19th century, monarchy was the most common form of government throughout the world. Today, however, few nations have retained their monarchies and the majority of those that remain are constitutional. This means that the monarch exercises a mainly ceremonial role but has little or no political power. Only around 44 nations still have a royal head of state and of these, 16 are members of the same Commonwealth, headed by Queen Elizabeth II.
The following collection includes kings and queens as well as emperors, empresses, sheikhs, emirs and sultans. They are all varieties of the same breed: a state ruler who comes to power by either conquest or inheritance. Definitions can be blurred and problematic. There is a democratically elected king, queens who rule empires and many other confusions. Some aristocrats have also been included as some were of royal lines and if events had gone differently, might themselves have worn the crown.

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