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Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 7:00 pm

The decision by the 76-year-old King Juan Carlos of Spain to abdicate in favor of his 46-year-old son, Crown Prince Felipe, inevitably revives the question of why so many monarchs still reign across Europe.

It seems incredible that 12 monarchies still survive there, though this includes curiosities such as Andorra, whose co-ruler is the president of France (the other is the bishop of Urgell); the Vatican, ruled by the pope, and the postage-stamp principalities of Monaco and Liechtenstein.

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1 comment:

  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:31 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    "the institution of royalty is an insult to human kind." - Mark Twain

     

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