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Of Kings and Queens: The Modern Monarchy Quiz
by Staff
The British royals get all the attention, but there are plenty of other monarchies. They're all jaw-droppingly rich, but some of these rulers are more well known — and have more power — than others. How much do you know about today's monarchs?

This British king ushered in the age of the royal scandal when he abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee.

  • King Edward VIII
  • King George V
  • King Charles III

Grace Kelly shocked the world when she dropped her career in movies to marry this man and become the princess consort of Monaco.

  • Charles III
  • Albert II
  • Rainier III

This Japanese crown princess is only the second commoner to ever marry into the royal family.

  • Masako
  • Sayako
  • Michiko

Name the three African countries that are monarchies.

  • Lesotho, Morocco and Swaziland
  • Burundi, Malawi and Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania, Eritrea and Ivory Coast

When was Queen Elizabeth II's coronation?

  • 1947
  • 1949
  • 1953

This Asian country changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one (in which the monarch's power is limited) in 2008.

  • Laos
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia

The Spanish royal family belongs to the House of _______.

  • Brandy
  • Bourbon
  • Sherry

According to an edict written in 1607, this country is jointly ruled by the head of the French state and the Bishop of La Su d'Urgell, Spain.

  • Andorra
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg

Who are the children of Prince William and Princess Kate of the United Kingdom?

  • George and Charlotte
  • Phillip and Alexandra
  • Arthur and Elizabeth

The emperor of Japan sits on the "_______ Throne."

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Violet
  • Camellia

Who are the king and crown princess of Norway?

  • Jens and Hilde
  • Harald and Sonja
  • Sven and Astrid

The ruler of this country is known as the <i>ngwenyama</i> (lion).

  • Swaziland
  • Lesotho
  • Tanzania

In birth order, who are the children of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of the United Kingdom?

  • Charles, Andrew, Henry and Anne
  • Anne, Charles, George and Andrew
  • Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is credited for turning this country into the world's richest.

  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrain

This British military academy boasts a long list of both British and foreign royal alumni.

  • Sandhurst
  • Eton
  • St. Andrew's

The queen of this country graduated from Princeton.

  • Luxembourg
  • Jordan
  • Spain

Which Asian country became independent from the United Kingdom in 1984 and is now ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah?

  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Brunei

This British royal was secretly photographed topless in 1992, with her financial adviser sucking her toes.

  • Princess Margaret
  • Sarah, Duchess of York
  • Princess Diana

This king of Saudi Arabia, who died in 2015, took the throne after his half-brother died in 2005.

  • Abdulrahman Al Saud
  • Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
  • Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Who succeeded Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud?

  • his oldest son
  • his half-brother
  • his minister of defense

This country is a monarchy without kings, queens, princes or princesses.

  • Vatican City
  • Oman
  • Belgium

The crown prince of this country is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

  • Denmark
  • Morocco
  • Saudi Arabia

Princess Diana died in this city.

  • London
  • Paris
  • Madrid

In 2006, he was the first male heir born to the Japanese royal family since 1965.

  • Fumihito
  • Hisahito
  • Akihito

Who is the only child of Queen Elizabeth II to not have been divorced?

  • Anne
  • Andrew
  • Edward

The ruler of this country has married (in order) his first cousin, a flight attendant and a TV personality.

  • Malaysia
  • Brunei
  • Kuwait

In 2011, Prince Albert of Monaco married a former Olympic swimmer from this country.

  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Belgium

Who is the queen of Sweden?

  • Madeleine
  • Victoria
  • Silvia

Over how many sovereign states does Queen Elizabeth II reign?

  • none
  • 16
  • 27

A princess from this country wrote a children's book in 2004 called "Why Kings and Queens Don't Wear Crowns."

  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Demark