Which countries have the largest royal families?

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRIVIA GENIUS)

 

Which countries have the largest royal families?

Before getting into the countries with the largest royal families, let’s take a moment to discuss what constitutes a royal family.

A royal family is simply defined as the relatives of the ruling king or queen. However, the family members included under the umbrella term “royal family” vary from country to country. In some instances, the royal family includes only the immediate relatives of the person in power. In other cases, the royal family includes a multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Being a member of a royal family is a coveted position and title in most countries, regardless of how much power the actual monarch has. Often, family members fill critical roles in government, politics, and the military.

In total, there are 26 royal families, also known as monarchies, across the globe. Two important differences between all of these royal families are size and power. The monarch of the royal family rules with either absolute (direct) or constitutional (indirect) power. Those ruling with absolute power have the greatest political power and impact on the day-to-day lives of everyday citizens. Monarchs who operate under constitutional power have less political power and serve as more of a figurehead than an actual leader.

The country with the largest royal family is Saudi Arabia

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The royal family of Saudi Arabia, the Salmans, is estimated to be comprised of nearly 15,000 family members. This royal family’s size is due to the commonplace practice of polygamy. Due to the family’s large size, they have an enormous amount of power and wealth. As a result, there have been numerous intense battles over the years to either become king or protect the family name. For example, it is not uncommon for kings to be ousted from power due to moral or religious transgressions. In addition, female members of the family have been beheaded for adultery or violating religious customs. There have been multiple inside and outside assassination attempts as well.

The current king also holds the title of prime minister. He is estimated to have a net worth of upwards of $17 billion. In present-day Saudi Arabia, it is common for royal family members to hold governmental cabinet positions. While the current king was put into power based on family lineage, all future kings of the country will follow a different route to the throne. A 2006 decree altered the line of succession into a more formal process. The next king will be selected by a panel of princes rather than by birthright.

Which other families are at the top?

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Because the size of royal families in other countries dwarfs in comparison, there are no official statistics on their size.

Nonetheless, there are still plenty of interesting facts about the remaining 25 royal families that span 43 countries around the world. One oft forgotten fact is that, in the past, there were many more monarchies than there are today. While some were deposed or overthrown from power, there are a few who volunteered to bring an end to their own power. Both Russia and France did away with royalty and monarchies altogether in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Perhaps the most shocking fact of all regarding royal families is that the Vatican is considered a monarchy. As a result, Pope Francis has the title of Head Monarch. He rules over the Vatican itself as well as Vatican City. Like the Saudi Arabian monarchy, future popes are chosen and put into power by a group of cardinals from the Vatican. Finally, one of the oldest royal families in the world is the Danish monarchy. This monarchy can be traced back over 1,000 years.

5 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

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5 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

The Queen is alive and well. Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old and has been the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom since 1952, but she shows no sign of slowing down—even after living one of the most eventful lives in modern history. Much of her life has been heavily documented, but here are the five things you did not know about the longest-ruling monarch in British history.

She has 30 godchildren

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The Queen has 30 godchildren, and honestly, who wouldn’t want the Queen as a godmother? It is a sweet deal. Her first Godchild, Guy Rupert Gerard Nevill, was born on March 29, 1945; the Queen was just 19 years old when she became his godmother. Guy is the son of Lord Rupert Nevill and Lady Anne Camilla Wallop. He held office as a patron of honor to Queen Elizabeth from 1958-1961. Unfortunately, Guy died in 1992. The Queen’s last godchild is Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, born in 1983. Princess Theodora is the daughter of Greek King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie.

She’s on Facebook

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Yes, like billions of us commoners, the Queen joined Facebook. Back in November of 2010, she created a page called “The British Monarchy” that features photos, videos, and speeches—however, it is not possible to private message the Queen or send her a post through the website. Queen Elizabeth joined other social media sites as well—she was on Twitter before Facebook back in 2009. As would be expected, none of the royals tweets themselves. They have their public relations staff do social media, and a team at Buckingham Palace tweets daily updates on the Queen’s Twitter page.

She’s received some weird gifts

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During the Queen’s reign, she has received countless gifts. However, some weird gifts have caught her by surprise. She has received quite a lot of live animals as gifts; among the more unusual ones were a jaguar and sloth from Brazil, and black beavers from Canada. These animals have been placed in the London Zoo. The Queen also accepted pineapples, eggs, a box of snail shells, maple trees, and 15 pounds of prawns. Maybe people should stick to flowers instead of sending weird gifts.

She gives her staff Christmas pudding

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Even though the Queen completes her daily royal duties, she always shows her staff appreciation. Every Christmas she gives them Christmas pudding. Over the years, it is estimated that she has given out 90,000 Christmas puddings. The Queen does this to continue the tradition of King George V and King George VI. Furthermore, the Queen also gives her entire staff Christmas gifts. She is a patron to over 600 charities and sends out presents to schools and cathedrals. On top of that, she also does a Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth every single year, except in 1969. In that year, a repeat of the royal family was shown, and a written message from the Queen was issued.

She owns a lot of swans and dolphins

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The queen owns all the swans and dolphins in the U.K. waters. As early as the 12th century, the British monarch laid claim to all the mute swans in the country. Back then, the birds were considered a delicacy. Today, the Queen does not eat the swans, but she technically still owns them. The Swan Upping is an annual swan-counting event—yes, over the course of several days the Queen’s swan squad counts the birds and make sure they are healthy.

According to the Montreal Gazette, if she wanted to, the Queen could claim ownership of all royal fishes. These include dolphins, whales, and anything that resides in the waters around the United Kingdom.

As we have seen throughout her reign, the Queen takes her responsibilities seriously. However, it is lovely to know that she has a sense of humor. She enjoys flipping a coin to “me or tails,” plays “Great Balls of Fire” on the piano, and gets laughter from dinner guests for her mental arithmetic. Being the Queen is great!

Here Is The Reason Ivanka Trump Was Acting Like A Diplomat In North Korea

Here Is The Reason Ivanka Trump Was Acting Like A Diplomat In North Korea

(The idea for this oped came from two headlines I just read online, the headlines were from the Daily Beast and from CNN)

 

The headlines were asking why, why was Ivanka Trump acting like a diplomat and doing photo bombs while she was with her Dad at the DMZ last week, the following is my personal belief as to why. If you remember a couple of weeks ago when the President was in England all of the Trump kids were also trying to act as if they to were Royalty. I guess the first thing that we all need to realize is that the Trump clan has a major ego problem just like all totally phony people do. But I believe there is a very good ‘other’ reason why Ivanka is acting the part that she is playing and that is as her Daddy said a couple of years ago, he believes that she would make a great President. There is also the reality that if Daddy Trump can’t get the law changed to where he can be King until he dies or if he gets evicted and convicted he has an in place contingency plan in place. He plans on being President until at least January of 2025 then it would be his best option to keep him out of prison is for his daughter to be in place to pardon him. If Mike Pence thinks that the Donald will favor him over Ivanka for the 2024 elections then he is as stupid as the people of Indiana have told me that he is. The only way Pence becomes President is if Trump is impeached during his term and I would bet almost anything that Pence got the job as the VP was with the written clause that Pence choose Ivanka as his VP so that when Pence is finished with his term then Ivanka would be next in line. Keeping that ‘Royal Linage’ in tack. What we have all been seeing with Evanka will be sold to the rest of us that this is where she has gotten her qualifying foreign policy experience. Don’t laugh to much folks, do you remember how the former Governor of Alaska told us that she had experience dealing with Russia was because she could see Russia from her home porch? Also, do you remember how the habitual liar Hillary Clinton talked about her experience under live fire for the time her and their daughter Chelsea went to Bosnia? My question is simple, which is worse, idiots or frauds, or frauds who take us all to be idiots?

 

 

Ky Senator: Rand Paul blasts ‘deep state’ for shutting him out of CIA briefing

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Rand Paul blasts ‘deep state’ for shutting him out of CIA briefing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) lashed out at the “deep state” Tuesday for excluding him and other senators from a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The briefing was limited to a select group of lawmakers, including leaders of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, Foreign Relations Committee and Intelligence Committee.

The meeting comes after bipartisan outrage that Haspel didn’t attend an administration briefing for senators last week on Khashoggi’s killing, which took place at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey earlier this year.

Haspel was also sent to Capitol Hill as part of a bid to stave off a Senate vote on whether to pull U.S. support for Saudi-backed forces in Yemen.

Paul said that the exclusion of most senators was undemocratic and that Haspel should have testified before all senators.

“There are eight people in Congress who get briefings on intelligence,” Paul said. “That is not democracy. That is not democratic representation nor is it democratic oversight.

Paul added that he only heard about the meeting from media reports.

“I think the very definition of the deep state is when the intelligence communities withhold information from Congress,” he said.

Lindsey Graham: ‘Impossible to believe’ Saudi Crown Prince was unaware of Khashoggi killing

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Lindsey Graham: ‘Impossible to believe’ Saudi Crown Prince was unaware of Khashoggi killing

“He is irrational, he is unhinged, and I think he has done a lot of damage” to the U.S.-Saudi relationship, Graham said.
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By Kailani Koenig

WASHINGTON — Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday harshly condemned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his alleged role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling him “unhinged” and pointedly refusing to work with the prince in the future.

“The fact that he didn’t know about it is impossible for me to believe,” Graham said on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.” The South Carolina senator said he hasn’t been given an official briefing on the matter, but maintained that the conclusion that the crown prince had a role in Khashoggi’s murder should be clear to anyone with knowledge about the country.

“If he is going to be the face of Saudi Arabia going forward, I think the kingdom will have a hard time on the world stage,” Graham added. “They are an important ally, but when it comes to the crown prince, he is irrational, he is unhinged, and I think he has done a lot of damage to the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and I have no intention of working with him ever again.”

The United States announced sanctions this week against 17 Saudi Arabian officials over the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

NBC News reported on Friday that the CIA has concluded that the crown prince himself ordered the assassination.

Graham said he doesn’t want to let the individuals who carried out the killing to become “the fall guy,” but instead, “I am going to do whatever I can to place blame where I believe it lies: I am going to put it at the feet of the crown prince who has been a destructive force in the Mideast.”

The senator noted that he previously had a lot of hope for the prince’s potential as a reformer in the region, but “that ship has sailed as far as Lindsey Graham is concerned.”

Graham’s language on Saudi Arabia stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who repeatedly told “Fox News Sunday” this weekend that the crown prince has continually denied involvement in the incident.

Asked whether the prince was lying, Trump responded, “he told me that he had nothing to do with it. He told me that, I would say, maybe five times at different points.”

The president also asked, “Will anybody really know? He did have certainly people that were reasonably close to him and close to him that were probably involved.”

On Sunday, Graham was asked about the bond between the crown prince, Trump, and Jared Kushner, and he said, “I’ll leave it up to the president to find out how to handle Saudi Arabia from the executive branch side.”

“From the legislative branch side, we’re going to do as much as we can, as hard as we can, to send a signal to the world,” he continued. “This is not how we expect an ally to act. What happened in Turkey violates every norm of civilized society and it will not stand. And if John McCain were alive today, he’d be the first one saying that.”

Graham also maintained that the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., the crown prince’s brother, Prince Khalid Bin Salman, should not be allowed back in to the United States as ambassador.

Also on “Meet The Press,” Graham publicly called on the president to move forward on the issue of criminal justice reform, asking him to “pick up the phone” and lobby Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring their bill on the issue to the floor.

“The Republicans are the problem here, not the Democrats,” Graham said.

(Poem) Royalty: Is A Gift From Man

Royalty: Is A Gift From Man

 

Royalty, how many are paid to primp and pose

How many of you folks have any real power

Are you really Royalty, is it by bloodline or a gun

Do you believe that G-d Himself has Ordained you

What if tomorrow, you’re but Hippopotamus Poo

 

Have you not heard, that what G-d gives…

Some have golden pistols

Some like Hitler, they hate

In Russia a whole family paid

Now what is it that heads your State

 

European Royals stuck their heads out

Some did not get theirs attached back

Some with Titles have learned to last

Many have died by miss use of power

Some from simply pissing off their Dad

Playing The Card We Are ‘Caste’ In Life

 

How does one play this little game called life

Can we compete with the cards we have been dealt

Or do we barter or mark them to increase our wealth

Hoping for better, serfdom, such a hard hand to play

Has life dealt us a hand full of aces, a life so gay

Or maybe life dealt us kings with a mansion on a hill

Maybe we are blessed with queen’s smiling as the kill

Or maybe a lady with a dagger so don’t ask, don’t tell

Young man, do you wear purple, a crown of the jack

Sowing your oats where you please in your life of glee

A princess has no card, life dictated by the crown of a king

For is it because even a princess is to be not heard only seen

Even a princess is nothing until a queen’s crown she does fulfill

Or, are we just a numbered card, a cast, lower than the dirt

Are we and our lives nothing, discarded without a second thought

Raised to serve the aristocracy, bent backs crawling on our knees

This world’s self proclaimed royalty, their noses high in the breeze

Walking upon the heads and backs of those cast nothing but little cards

After all aren’t the elite is entitled never to give a damn about the working class

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