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Members of the royal family shared amongst the Commonwealth Realms.

A royal family is the extended family of a monarch. Generally, the head of a royal family is a king or queen regnant. The term "imperial family" more appropriately describes the extended family of an emperor or empress regnant, while the terms "ducal family", "grand ducal family" or "princely family" are more appropriate in reference to the relatives of a reigning duke, grand duke, or prince. Finally, it is considered proper in some circles to refer to the extended relations of a deposed monarch and his or her descendants as a royal family. A Royal family is the extended family of a monarch. ... Image File history File links British_Royal_Family_reduced. ... Image File history File links British_Royal_Family_reduced. ... The Commonwealth Realms, shown in pink A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the sixteen sovereign states within the Commonwealth of Nations that recognise Elizabeth II as their respective monarch. ... For the documentary series, see Monarchy (TV series). ... For other uses, see Monarch (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Monarch (disambiguation). ... An emperorrefers to Nick Herringshaw, a title, empress may only indicate the wife of an emperor (empress consort. ... Emperor is also a Norwegian black metal band; see Emperor (band). ... This article is about the nobility title. ... The title of Grand Duke (Latin, Magnus Dux; German, Großherzog, Russian, Великий князь) used in Slavic, Baltic, and Germanic countries, is ranked in honour below King but higher than a sovereign Duke (Herzog) or Prince (Fürst). ... The term prince, from the Latin root princeps, is used for a member of the highest ranks of the aristocracy or the nobility. ... For other uses, see Monarch (disambiguation). ...


A royal family typically includes the spouse of the reigning monarch, surviving spouses of a deceased monarch, the children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and cousins of the reigning monarch, as well as their spouses. In some cases, royal family membership may extend to great granchildren and more distant descendants of a monarch. In certain monarchies where voluntary abdication is the norm, such as the Netherlands, a royal family may also include one or more former monarchs. There is often a distinction between persons of the blood royal and those that marry into the royal family. In certain instances, such as in Canada, the royal family is defined by who holds the titles Majesty and Royal Highness.[1] Under most systems, only persons in the first category are dynasts, that is, potential successors to the throne (unless the member of the latter category is also in line to the throne in their own right, a frequent occurrence in royal families which frequently intermarry). This is not always observed; some monarchies have operated by the principle of jure uxoris. Look up abdication in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up majesty in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Majesty is an English word rooting in the Latin Maiestas, meaning literally, Greatness. ... Royal Highness (abbreviation HRH) is a style (His Royal Highness or Her Royal Highness); plural Royal Highnesses (abbreviation TRH, Their Royal Highnesses). ... Jure uxoris, Latin: By right of his wife. ...

Royal family of France in Classical costume during the reign of Louis XIV
Royal family of France in Classical costume during the reign of Louis XIV

In addition certain relatives of the monarch (by blood or marriage) possess special privileges and are subject to certain statutes, conventions, or special common law. The precise functions of a royal family vary depending on whether the polity in question is an absolute monarchy, a constitutional monarchy, or somewhere in between. In certain absolute monarchies, such as that found in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, or in political systems where the monarch actually exercises executive power, such as in Jordan, it is not uncommon for the members of a royal family to hold important government posts or military commands. In most constitutional monarchies, however, members of a royal family perform certain public, social, or ceremonial functions, but refrain from any involvement in electoral politics or the actual governance of the country. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1089x770, 150 KB) Source :[1] Painter : Jean Nocret fr : Personnages de gauche à droite: Henriette de France, le duc Philippe dOrléans (Monsieur), sa fille Marie-Louise, sa femme Henriette-Anne dAngleterre, la reine mère Anne dAutriche, dans... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1089x770, 150 KB) Source :[1] Painter : Jean Nocret fr : Personnages de gauche à droite: Henriette de France, le duc Philippe dOrléans (Monsieur), sa fille Marie-Louise, sa femme Henriette-Anne dAngleterre, la reine mère Anne dAutriche, dans... Louis XIV King of France and Navarre By Hyacinthe Rigaud (1701) Louis XIV (Louis-Dieudonné) (September 5, 1638–September 1, 1715) reigned as King of France and King of Navarre from May 14, 1643 until his death. ... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Absolute monarchy is a monarchical form of government where the monarch has the power to rule his or her land or country and its citizens freely, with no laws or legally-organized direct opposition in force. ... Forms of government Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A constitutional monarchy is a form of government established under a constitutional system which acknowledges an elected or hereditary monarch as head of state, as opposed to an absolute monarchy, where the monarch is not bound by a...


The specific composition of royal families varies from country to country, as do the titles and royal and noble styles held by members of the family. The composition of the royal family may be regulated by statute enacted by the legislature (e.g. Spain, the Netherlands, and Japan since 1947), the Sovereign's prerogative and common law tradition (e.g. the United Kingdom), or a private house law (e.g., Liechtenstein, the former ruling houses of Bavaria, Prussia, Hanover, etc.). Public statutes, constitutional provisions, or conventions may also regulate the marriages, names, and personal titles of royal family members. The members of a royal family may or may not have a surname or dynastic name (see Royal House). This page will detail the various styles used by royalty and nobility in Europe, in the final form arrived at in the nineteenth century. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Bavaria (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Prussia (disambiguation). ... , Hanover(i) (German: , IPA: ), on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany. ... A Royal House or Dynasty is a sort of family name used by royalty. ...


In a constitutional monarchy, when the monarch dies, there is always a very specific order of succession that indicates the exact order of family members in line to the throne. An order of succession is a formula or algorithm that determines who inherits an office upon the death, resignation, or removal of its current occupant. ...


In some cases, well-known families that are not actually involved in monarchies but are still prominent in government are informally referred to as "royal families". The best-known example of this is the Kennedy family in the U.S. and the descendents of the Gurjara-Pratiharas clans or "Rajputs" in India. See Gujjar. John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ... Gujjar or Gurjar is a ethnic group and caste of the Indian subcontinent. ...


Some royal families have lost their "royalty" by social changes over a long period time. This fate befell the Nair families of Kerala, India, after the advent of Namboodiri Brahmins in the 12th century who claimed caste superiority over the Nair kings. This article is about a Hindu caste. ...


In recent years, many royal families have become increasingly challenged by the media to justify the public expenditure on them. This is particularly so when the royal family is perceived as behaving badly (extra-marital affairs, or refusing to grieve publicly on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales).

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Abbasid are the the descendants of Al-Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib (العباس بن عبد المطلب), the paternal uncle of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). ... The Al-Khalifa dynasty is the ruling family of Bahrain. ... The Al-Sabah (Arabic: الصباح) are the ruling Family of Kuwait. ... Aisin Gioro (Chinese: 愛新覺羅; pinyin: ixīn j o1) was the family name of the Manchu emperors of the Qing dynasty. ... Angevin (IPA: ) is the name applied to the residents of Anjou, a former province of the Kingdom of France, as well as to the residents of Angers. ... The House of Bernadotte, the current Royal House of the Kingdom of Sweden, has reigned since 1818. ... The Bagrationi royal dynasty (Georgian: ბაგრატიონთა სამეფო დინასტია or Bagrationta Samepo Dinastia) is a royal family whose ascendancy in Georgia lasted for more than a millennium, from the early 6th century until the early 19th century. ... The original arms of the Buonapartes Bonaparte is a French family name that is of Italian origin. ... Also see:  Early Modern France The House of Bourbon is an important European royal house, a branch of the Capetian dynasty. ... Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, famous for its architecture and the fine countryside around it. ... The Royal House of Braganza (Portuguese: Casa Real de Bragança, pron. ... The House of Capet includes any of the direct descendants of Robert the Strong. ... The House of Chakri has ruled Thailand since the founding of the Ratthanakosin era in 1782 after king Taksin of Thonburi was declared mad and the capital of Siam shifted to Bangkok. ... Davidic line, (also House of David or Davidic Dynasty, sometimes referred to as Royal House of Israel), known in Hebrew as Malkhut Beit David (Monarchy of the House of David) refers to the tracing of royal lineage by kings and major leaders in Jewish history to the Biblical King David... The Flavian dynasty was a series of three Roman Emperors who ruled from 69, the Year of the Four Emperors, to 96, when the last member was assassinated. ... Columns of Gediminas, symbol of the Gediminids. ... “Grimaldi” redirects here. ... Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (in Danish: Slesvig-Holsten-Sønderborg-Lyksborg (or Glücksborg), from Glücksburg in northernmost Germany, is a line of the House of Oldenburg that is descended from King Christian III of Denmark. ... Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy; also used as the flag of the Austrian Empire until the Ausgleich of 1867. ... Habsburg - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Han Dynasty in 87 BC Capital Changan (202 BC–9 AD) Luoyang (25 AD–190 AD) Language(s) Chinese Religion Taoism, Confucianism Government Monarchy History  - Establishment 206 BC  - Battle of Gaixia; Han rule of China begins 202 BC  - Interruption of Han rule 9 - 24  - Abdication to Cao Wei 220... The House of Hanover (the Hanoverians) is a German royal dynasty which has ruled the Duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, the Kingdom of Hanover and the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. ... Hashemite is the Anglicised version of the Arabic: هاشمي (transliteration: Hashemi) and traditionally refers to those belonging to the Banu Hashim, or clan of Hashem, a clan within the larger Quraish tribe. ... Hesse-Kassel (Hessen-Kassel) was a German principality that came into existence when the Landgraviate of Hesse was divided in 1568 upon the death of Landgrave Philip of Hesse and his eldest son Wilhelm IV inherited the northern portion and established his capital in Kassel. ... Hohenzollern redirects here. ... The House of Romanov (Рома́нов, pronounced Ro-MAH-nof), the second and last imperial dynasty of Russia, which ruled Muscovy and the Russian Empire for five generations from 1613 to 1762. ... ... Joseon redirects here. ... Template:Julio-Claudian Dynasty The Julio-Claudian Dynasty refers to the first five Roman Emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. ... The House of KaraÄ‘orÄ‘ević (Serbian: Карађорђевићи) was a Serbian ruling dynasty descended from Karageorge (George Petrović). The family had a long feud with the Obrenović dynasty. ... The House of Lancaster is a dynasty of English kings. ... For other uses, see Ming. ... The following list of Indian monarchs is one of several Wikipedia lists of incumbents. ... Nemanjić (Serbian Немањић; also Nemanjid) was a medieval Serb ruling dynasty. ... Tây SÆ¡n Dynasty (1778–1802) Nguyá»…n Dynasty (1802–1945) French Indochina (1887–1954) Empire of Vietnam (1945) North-South Division During The Indochina Wars (1945–1975) Democratic Republic of Vietnam State of Vietnam Republic of Vietnam Republic of South Vietnam Socialist Republic of Vietnam (from 1976) List... The House of Obrenović (or Obrenovići/Обреновићи) ruled Serbia from 1815 to 1842, and again from 1858 to 1903. ... The House of Oldenburg is a North German noble family and one of Europes most influential Royal Houses. ... The House of Holstein-Gottorp, a branch of the Oldenburg dynasty, rose to several thrones. ... Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (in Danish: Slesvig-Holsten-Sønderborg-Lyksborg (or Glücksborg)), from Glücksburg in northernmost Germany, is a line of the House of Oldenburg (Danish: Oldenborg), to which the royal houses of Denmark, Norway, and the former royal house of Greece belong. ... The House of Orange-Nassau (in Dutch: Huis van Oranje-Nassau), a branch of the German House of Nassau, has played a central role in the political life of the Netherlands - and at times in Europe - since William I of Orange (also known as William the Silent and Father of... The Ottoman Dynasty (or the Imperial House of Osman) ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1281 to 1923, beginning with Osman I (not counting his father, ErtuÄŸrul), though the dynasty was not proclaimed until 1383 when Murad I declared himself sultan. ... The Pahlavi dynasty (in Persian: دودمان پهلوی) of Iran began with the crowning of Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1925 and ended with the Iranian Revolution of 1979, and the subsequent collapse of the ancient tradition of Iranian monarchy. ... Piast KoÅ‚odziej This article is about a Polish dynasty. ... The Qajar dynasty ( ) (Persian: ‎ - or دودمان قاجار - Qâjâr) was the ruling family of Persia from 1781 to 1925. ... Flag (1890-1912) Anthem Gong Jinou (1911) Qing China at its greatest extent. ... The House of Romanov (Рома́нов, pronounced ) was the second and last imperial dynasty of Russia, which ruled the country for five generations from 1613 to 1761. ... The Rurik Dynasty was the ruling dynasty of Kievan Rus, Rus principalities, and early Russia from 862 to 1598. ... The House of Saud ( transliteration: ) is the royal family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ... The House of Savoy or in Italian, La Casa di Savoia, or simply Casa Savoia, (or Savoie, French) is a dynasty of nobles who traditionally had their domain in Savoy, a region that includes present-day Piemonte, other parts of Northern Italy, and a smaller region in France. ... Capitals Coburg and Gotha Head of State Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Saxe-Coburg and Gotha or Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (German: Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha) served as the name of the two German duchies of Saxe-Coburg and Saxe-Gotha in Germany, in the present-day states of Bavaria... The Coat of Arms of King James I, the first British monarch of the House of Stuart The House of Stuart or Stewart was a royal house of the Kingdom of Scotland, later also of the Kingdom of England, and finally of the Kingdom of Great Britain. ... For the band, see Tang Dynasty (band). ... For other uses, see Tudor (disambiguation). ... Main articles: France in the Middle Ages and Early Modern France The Valois Dynasty succeeded the Capetian Dynasty as rulers of France from 1328-1589. ... The Vasa Coat of Arms The House of Vasa was the Royal House of Sweden (1523-1654) and of Poland (1587-1668). ... The House of Windsor is the current Royal House of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and each of the other Commonwealth Realms. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Wittelsbach family is an European royal family and a German dynasty from Bavaria. ... The House of York was a branch of the English royal House of Plantagenet, three of whom became English kings in the late 15th century. ... Capital Dadu Language(s) Mongolian Chinese Government Monarchy Emperor  - 1260-1294 Kublai Khan  - 1333-1370 (Cont. ...

Royal families

Abbasid are the the descendants of Al-Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib (العباس بن عبد المطلب), the paternal uncle of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). ... Successive Belgian kings are 1831-1865: Léopold I (34) 1865-1909: Léopold II (44) 1909-1934: Albert I (25) 1934-1951: Léopold III (16) 1944-1950: Charles, reigned as Prince Regent 1951-1993: Baudouin I (42) Since 1993: Albert II (13) None of these were King of... Jigme Singye Wangchuck, (or in a pronunciation-based Romanization Jimi Singgê Wangchu) is the King of Bhutan. ... Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony The British Royal Family is shared between the Commonwealth Realms; this article focuses on the perspective of United Kingdom. ... The Al-Khalifa dynasty is the ruling family of Bahrain. ... House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Bulgarian branch) was the ruling dynasty of Bulgaria (1887 - 1946). ... This article is about the monarchy of Canada, one of sixteen that share a common monarch; for information about this constitutional relationship, see Commonwealth realm; for information on the reigning monarch, see Elizabeth II. For information about other Commonwealth realm monarchies, as well as other relevant articles, see Commonwealth realm... The Danish Royal Family includes The Queen of Denmark and her family. ... The Netherlands have been an independent monarchy since 1815, and have been governed by members of the House of Orange-Nassau since. ... The Greek Royal Family is a direct family member of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. ... Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. ... Hashemite is the Anglicised version of the Arabic: هاشمي (transliteration: Hashemi) and traditionally refers to those belonging to the Banu Hashim, or clan of Hashem, a clan within the larger Quraish tribe. ... Princely Family of Liechtenstein HSH Prince Hans-Adam II HSH Princess Marie HSH Prince Alois HSH Princess Sophie HSH Prince Joseph HSH Princess Marie-Caroline HSH Prince Georg HSH Prince Nikolaus HSH Prince Maximilian HSH Princess Angela HSH Prince Alfons HSH Prince Constantin HSH Princess Marie HSH Prince Moritz HSH... The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg (House of Nassau-Weilburg, agnatically a cadet branch of the House of Bourbon) consists of the extended family of the sovereign Grand Duke. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Monegasque Princely Family consists of the extended family of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. ... One of the worlds longest-lasting monarchies, the Iranian monarchy went through many transformations over the centuries, from the days of the Persian Empire to the creation of what is now modern day Iran. ... The king of Nepal is known as the Raja; his Queen is known as the Rani. ... The Royal Family of Norway is the family of King Harald V of Norway. ... The Royal Family of the Kingdom of Spain consists of the direct descendants of the current king, Juan Carlos. ... The Swedish Royal Family consists of a number of persons in the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte, closely related to the King of Sweden, who are entitled to royal titles, and some of which are performing various official engagements on behalf of the Royal Family and ceremonial duties of State. ... The Royal House of Braganza (Portuguese: Casa Real de Bragança, pron. ... Coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg. ... The House of Saud refers to the royal family of Saudi Arabia. ... The Chakri dynasty have ruled Thailand since king Taksin was declared mad in 1782. ... King Goodwill Zwelethini kaBhekuzulu is the current monarch of the Zulu nation of South Africa and head of the Zulu Royal Family. ... Potatau Te Wherowhero, circa 1800-60, was the first Kingi Movement and in so was the first Maori king in the Te Wherowhero dynasty. ... The following monarchs have reigned since the formal creation of the Tongan monarchy in 1875. ...

See also

Mashriq Dynasties  Maghrib Dynasties  The Abbasid Caliphate Abbasid (Arabic: , ) is the dynastic name generally given to the caliph of Baghdad, the second of the two great Sunni dynasties of the Arab Empire, that overthrew the Umayyad caliphs from all but Spain. ... This is an index of family trees available. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... A Crown Prince or Crown Princess is the heir or heiress apparent to the throne in a royal or imperial monarchy. ... The quintessential medieval European palace: Palais de la Cité, in Paris, the royal palace of France. ... A prince consort, generally speaking, is the husband of a Queen regnant, unless he himself is a king. ... The term prince, from the Latin root princeps, is used for a member of the highest ranks of the aristocracy or the nobility. ... This article is about a Hindu caste. ... Princess Anne, the current Princess Royal Princess Royal is a style customarily (but not automatically) awarded by a British monarch to his or her eldest daughter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Regicide (disambiguation). ... A Royal House or Dynasty is a sort of family name used by royalty. ... The Royal Prerogative is a body of customary authority, privilege, and immunity, recognised in common law jurisdictions possessing a monarchy as belonging to the Crown alone. ... This page will detail the various styles used by royalty and nobility in Europe, in the final form arrived at in the nineteenth century. ... The Royle Family is a popular, BAFTA award-winning[1] television sitcom produced by Granada Television for the BBC, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000, with a special episode in late 2006. ...

References

  1. ^ Department of National Defence: The Honours, Flags and Heritage Structure of the Canadian Forces; pg 281

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