The British royal family might be the first group you think about when someone mentions “the royals,” but Britain isn’t the only country with a monarchy still in place. In fact, there are actually 43 countries that still have a royal family — with 28 families or rulers who rule over all of them — and we’re totally surprised at how many still exist.
Sure, there are probably a few countries on this list that wouldn’t surprise you, like Britain, obviously — really, how could you forget Queen Elizabeth II and the adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte? — and Denmark still having a monarchy isn’t totally unbelievable, but 43 total? Yes, there are 43 different countries (some of which are ruled by one monarch) with royal families who live in lavish estates and rule over their people. No matter how many times we read this number, we can’t get over it, we just can’t.
Luckily, we’ve done a little investigating on behalf of all of the fans of royal families out there and put together a gallery full of royal goodness ready for you to explore. What are you waiting for? Grab your fake tiara, get your tea prepped, and start reading!