The seven countries in our Asia-Pacific backyard where kings and queens still rule

When it comes to monarchy, most people think of the pomp and majesty of the British throne, with its palaces and historic ceremonies.

But it’s far from the only monarchy — the Asia-Pacific is home to a quarter of the world’s 29 remaining monarchies and they are among the most powerful and influential in the world.

Whether it be through ruling in absolute power or through the influence of their histories and long-running impact on their culture, the queen — and king — is very much alive.

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