Category: The Oldest Monarchies in The World

Today, there are less than 45 monarchies remaining in the world and most of the ruling monarchs have no real power over their countries. Only a handful of countries are still absolute monarchies where the King or Queen has full authority over the entire nation.

Although this list includes dates for the founding of these monarchies, these numbers are often not absolute and can vary depending on the source. It is often difficult for a country to definitively say who their first ruler was as every country on this list started out with several smaller kingdoms and rulers.