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Kings of the World – Rich Living Monarchs and their Royal Residences

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    Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” – so goes this age-old proverb. However, it is not just uneasiness in store for a monarch. Emperors globally have enjoyed and continue to enjoy luxurious lifestyles. Some even have 13 brides. The best levels of comfort that money can fetch are in store for the emperors globally. Be it the Sultan of Brunei or Queen Elizabeth, plush lifestyle is the mark of monarchy. There are currently 44 monarchies in the world and their combined royal wealth has shot up over US $10 trillion. One of the royal attractions is the palace of the King or the Queen. In this article, we will try to catch a glimpse of royal residences of some of the richest ruling monarchs in the world today along with a brief introduction about them.1. Bhumibol Adulyadej – King of Thailand
    Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L), Queen Sirikit (C) and Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn greets a crowd from the balcony of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace on December 5, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand.
    Photo from Darriuss Royce
    King Bhumibol, the 80-year-old king of Thailand, is worth US$ 35 billion. He is the longest serving monarch in Thai history. He has benevolently used his royal wealth in over 3,000 rural development projects in the country. He has a world record in having the highest number of honorary university degrees (136). The royal palace in Bangkok was built in 1782. The palace consists of an aggregate of buildings on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. The total area is 218,400 sq. m. The palace has a sacred Buddha temple. You have to follow a strict dress code to enter the royal palace (this is applicable for both men and women).
    Official residence: Grand Palace – Bangkok
    Photo from m_l_monschein
    2. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
    – President of UAE and hereditary ruler of Abu Dhabi
    UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan (C) Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed al-Nahayan (L) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayyan (R)
    Photo from Fazza3
    The 60 year old president of UAE is worth US$ 23 billion. The oil reserve pool is the president’s source of wealth. Amiti Palace is the official residence of the President.
    Official residence: Amiti Palace
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    Interesting fact:Emirates Palace – This luxurious hotel, managed by The Kempinski Group, is probably the most expensive hotel ever built in the world, costing the Abu Dhabi government roughly US$3 billion.Often mistaken as the presidential palace. It has about 400 rooms and gold has been used to decorate the interiors along with highest quality of marble. Several classical and popular music and ballet performances have been staged at the Emirates Palace’s Conference Centre since its inauguration.
    Photo from Sporty Morty
    3. Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud – King of Saudi Arabia
    The 84-year-old king of Saudi Arabia is worth over US$ 21 billion. King Abdullah is known for his benevolence. He bore the entire expenditure of operation of Polish conjoined twins. He was reciprocated with “honorary citizenship” of the Polish town where the twins were born. The King’s palace in Riyadh is more than 1 sq. mile in area. The palace has polished stone walkways and serene water bodies. The pink palatial buildings are true architectural marvels.
    Official residence: King’s Palace in Riyadh
    4. Haji Hassanal Bolkiah – Sultan of Brunei
    Photo from rentasimages
    The 62-year Sultan of Brunei, the 29[SUP]th[/SUP] heir to the throne of an unbroken 600-year-old Muslim dynasty, has a net asset worth of $20 billion. The Sultan has anything between 3000 to 6000 cars in his collection. The Istana Nurul Iman palace, the Sultan’s official residence, provides visitors a spectacular sight. It is the biggest palace in the world, much bigger than the Vatican palace. US$ 350 million was spent in erecting the palace. It has 1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms and the total floor area is 2,152,782 sq. feet.
    Official residence: Istana Nurul Iman Palace
    Photo from Treksek
    5. Hans-Adam II – Prince of Liechtenstein
    The 63-year-old prince is the 15[SUP]th[/SUP] in succession to the throne of Liechtenstein. His net worth is 5 billion US$. Castle Schloss Vaduz is his official residence. The palace overlooks the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. The main alter has a late-gothic architecture. The original entrance of the spectacular palace has a height of 11 m.
    Official residence: Castle Schloss Vaduz
    6. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani – Emir of Qatar
    Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and his daughter and chief of staff Sheikha (Princess) Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani
    Sheikh Hamad, Emir of Qatar is aged 56 and worth 2 billion US$. Sheikh Hamad is instrumental in developing Qatar’s oil and natural gas resources. His fame is also attributed to the modernization of the country’s armed forces. His Royal Palace is in Doha. He does not live there. The palace is mainly used for parliamentary affairs and for receiving guests.
    Official residence: Royal Palace in Doha
    Pictures copyright of owner / Photo from baldrick2dogs
    7. Mohammed VI – King of Morroco
    Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma
    The 46-year-old Moroccan king has asset strength of 1.5 billion US$. The king is reputed for his drive to modernize the society and inject a culture of accountability. He has tried to eradicate poverty from Moroccan society. The Royal Palace in Rabat is open to the public. The king has a personal mosque within the palatial complex. The palace is famous for its lush green gardens and the entrance gates are truly majestic.
    Official residence: Royal Palace in Rabat
    8. Albert II – Prince of Monaco
    Prince Albert II, aged 50, is the current ruler of the Principality of Monaco. His net worth is 1.4 billion US$. He is the first head of state to have visited the North Pole. He is also the Global Advisor to Orphans International. His palace remains open to the public during the summer. The palace hosts many functions ranging from open-air concerts to children’s Christmas parties. It has an Italian-styled gallery and lot of awesome salons. The palace has several attractions. Among them the Throne Room, which overwhelms you with memoirs of the Renaissance period, and the Sainte-Marie Tower are notable.
    Official residence: Prince’s Palace of Monaco
    9. Qaboos Bin Said – Sultan of Oman
    Qaboos Bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, has royal properties worth $1.1 billion. The 67-year-old Sultan captured the throne after overthrowing his father. His riches are accounted to surplus oil production. He owns a 500 ft yacht. The Al Alam Royal Palace, the residence of the Sultan, overlooks the serene Muscat harbour. The regal palace is an exquisite marvel of art and architecture. Simply stated, the palace seems to be taken out of a fairy tale book.
    Official residence: Qasr al Alam Royal Palace
    10. Prince Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan – leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims
    Prince Aga Khan, aged 71, is the spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims. Aga Khan, worth 1 billion US$, chairs the Aga Khan Development Network that invests in Asian and African development projects. He donated his palace to India in 1969 in the honor of Mahatma Gandhi and the Gandhian philosophy. The palace, located in Pune, India was built in 1892. The main aim behind construction of the Aga Khan palace was to provide employment to local people hard-hit by famine.
    Official residence: Aga Khan Palace
    11. Elizabeth II – Queen of U.K.
    Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest living emperor in the history of United Kingdom at the age of 82. Her net worth is 650 million US$. She plans to rule until she becomes physically unable. TheBuckingham palace is the official residence of the royals. It is also a site for hosting state occasions and welcoming international guests. The palace, having 775 rooms, is kept open for visitors on a regular basis.
    Official residence: Buckingham Palace
    12. Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah – Emir of Kuwait
    It is interesting to note that Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, does not have a royal blood. He was the foreign minister of Kuwait and ascended to the throne in 2006 after the crown prince became too ill to rule. The royal wealth is estimated at 500 million US$. However, his wealth comes in the form of a stipend. He is promoting economic reforms in Kuwait currently. Dar Salwa palace is the official residence of the Emir.
    Official residence: “Dar Salwa” Palace
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    13. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard – Queen of Netherlands
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    Queen Beatrix Armgard, the queen of Netherlands, has a net asset worth of 300 million US$. The queen is rumoured to have stepped down so that his eldest son can ascend the throne. This will make her son the first Dutch king in over a century. Huis ten Bosch Palace is the official royal palace of the queen.
    Official residence: Huis ten Bosch Palace
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    14. Mswati III – King of Swaziland
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    Swaziland’s King Mswati III (in the foreground)
    King Mswati, the king of Swaziland, has a net worth of 200 million US$. The king, ascending to the throne at a tender age of 18, has reportedly spent 2.5 million US$ to celebrate 40 years of his country’s independence along with his 40[SUP]th[/SUP] birthday. He leads a lavish lifestyle and has 13 brides.Lozitha Palace is the official residence of the king.
    Official residence: Lozitha Palace
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    15. Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa – King of Bahrain
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    King Of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa With George W. Bush
    Sheikh Hamad is the emir of Bahrain since 2002. He is an alumnus of the Cambridge University. He takes active interest in preserving the country’s cultural heritage. Sports and fishing are also his areas of interest. The Riffa Palace is his official residence.
    Official residence: Riffa Palace
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    16. Albert II – King of Belgium
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    Albert, the king of Belgium, is the titular head of state. He symbolizes the entire nation and appoints the Belgian cabinet after an election. The Royal Palace in Brussels, known as Palais Royal, is the King’s palace. However, he prefers to live in Chateau de Laeken. The Royal palace is a neo-classic architectural marvel. It is open to public during summer.
    Official residence: Royal Palace in Brussels
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    17. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Mizan Zainal Abidin – Sultan of Terengganu, Malaysia
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    Duli Yang Maha Mulia Al Wathiqu Billah, Al-Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Al-Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Al-Haj (Center)
    Yang Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, is the youngest Malay ruler. There are six sultans in Malaysia. One of these six, in this case Yang Zainal Abidin, has been elected as the King of Malaysia. He is the constitutional head of the country. His official residence is Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. The palace has a ground area of 28 acres. It overlooks the Klang River.
    Official residence: Istana Negara – Kuala Lumpur
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    18. Margaret II – Queen of Denmark
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    Margaret II, the queen of Denmark, is a great painter. She is also known for her addiction to tobacco. The queen has multiple palaces. The winter residence is at Amalienborg palace; the summer residence is at Marselisborg palace (or Graasten Palace or on the royal yacht); and the spring and autumn residence is at Fredensborg Palace.
    Official residence: Amalienborg Palace ( winter )
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    19. Akihito – the Emperor of Japan
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    Emperor Akihito is the 125[SUP]th[/SUP] emperor of Japan. His rule is now merely ceremonial. The king is considered to be a direct descendent of God. The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is the official residence of the emperor. It is open to the public on just two days of the year – January 2, when the king wishes New Year to his subjects, and on December 23[SUP]rd[/SUP] – his birthday.
    Official residence: Imperial Palace in Tokyo
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    20. Abdullah II – King of Jordan
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    King Abdullah is the constitutional head of Jordon and retains substantial power. He has contributed greatly to the economic revival of the country and he is applauded for his pro-reform outlook. He is an alumnus of the Oxford University. The Raghadan Palace is the official residence of the King.
    Official residence: Raghadan Palace
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    21. Henri – Grand Duke of Luxemburg
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    Henri, the Grand Duke, is the head of the state of Luxemburg. He is known for his anti-euthanasia stands. Interestingly, he is a member of the International Olympic committee. The Grand Ducal Palace is his official residence. It is an awesome palace, located in the middle of the city. Built in 1572 as a town hall, it has become a palace replete with history.
    Official residence: The Grand Ducal Palace
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    22. Harald V – King of Norway
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    Harald V is the king of Norway. The king has no real powers, but only ceremonial authority. He resides in the Royal Palace in Oslo. The palace was built in the first half of the 19[SUP]th[/SUP] century.
    Official residence: Royal Palace, Oslo
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    23. Juan Carlos I – King of Spain
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    Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain, is highly popular among his subjects. He helped in establishing democratic governance in Spain. The Royal Palace in Madrid is the designated residence of the King, although the king prefers to live in a smaller palace on the outskirts of Madrid. The Royal Palace is still used for state occasions. It is the largest palace in Western Europe. It has a total area of 135,000 sq. m and has over 2800 rooms.
    Official residence: The Royal Palace of Madrid
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    24. Carl XVI Gustaf – King of Sweden
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    The present monarch of Sweden is King Carl XVI Gustaf. He is the seventh king in the Bernadotte dynasty of Sweden. The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the official residence of the king. However, the private residence of the royal family is the Drottningholm palace. The palace has 609 rooms and is considered as one of the largest royal palaces in the world.
    Official residence: Royal Palace of Stockholm
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    24. Norodom Sihamoni – King of Combodia
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    Norodom Sihamoni is the king of Combodia, although under the present constitution, he has no real power. The royal palace of Phnom Penh is his official residence. The palace was constructed over a century ago and it hosts all major ceremonial functions of the country. Foreign dignitaries also stay here.
    Official residence: Royal Palace of Phnom Penh
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    26. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk – The Dragon king of Bhutan
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    Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchukm is the Dragon king of the secluded Himalayan kingdom ofBhutan. The Oxford-educated bachelor of 28 years is the youngest reigning monarch in the world. The Tashichoedzong Palace is the official residence of the royal family. The palace houses the government and the central clergy of monks. It remains open to the public during festivals, weekends, and after office hours.
    Official residence: Tashichoedzong Palace
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    27. George Tupou V – The king of Tonga
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    George Tupou V is the ruler of the Polynesian archipelago that consists of 150 islands. The king lives in the royal palace of Nukualofa, the capital. The palace is wooden and is not open to the people. The king made strong fencing arrangements after some people broke the old, sacred fence after 1990.
    Official residence: Royal Palace, Nuku’alofa Tonga
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    28. Letsie III – The king of Lesotho
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    Letsie III is the king of Lesotho. Interestingly, Lesotho is the only independent state in the world that lies over 1000 meters above sea level. The Royal Palace in Maseru is the official residence of the king.
    Official residence: Royal Palace in Maseru, Lesotho
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    Hakika thread hii nimeipenda.
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    King al Riz bin Kikwete nae hajawa listed please!!!na nafasi yake pia! Na utajiri wake uwekwe hapa
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    Mwazange JF-Expert Member

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    Sklills umelikosea jina. Ni Crown prince Al Riz bin Jakaya Al-Kikwete. Utajiri wake ntarudi na ushahidi baadae. Ngoja nikapekuepekue yale makabrasha aliyoyatumia wakati analalamika eti naitwa fisadi.
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    chapaa JF-Expert Member

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    wa moja hapewi mbili
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    Ndinani JF-Expert Member

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    UNATAKA KUONA makasili Ya Msoga yaliyojengwa na Subash Patel?
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    Fernandes Rodri JF-Expert Member

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    Kwa kweli ukisoma viti kama hivi nafsi huwa inaburudika, well done presenter
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    Anko Sam JF-Expert Member

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    The world is not fair, hivi hawa wako dunia hii au sayari nyingine? Wana muamini Mungu huyu huyu tunae muamini na kumuabudu? Je wote tutahukumiwa sawasawa kwa kipimo kimoja?

    Nimegundua kwa nini JK huwa anapenda kukata anga kil wakati! Kumbe kukaa huku Afrika inataka moyo!
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    mfianchi JF-Expert Member

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    Huyo babu wa Thailand huko kwao ni kama mungu,yeye ni mzee na anaumwa sasa ni marufuku kuzungumzia afya yake mahala popote wakikusikia unaenda kuchezea jela ,nchini kwake huyo mzee ana ukwasi kupindukia kila kitu chake ,mtoto wake hapendwi na wanachi wake ingawa jitahada za makusudi zinafanywa kumpaisha,yey pia ni pilot basi wakati wote anaonyesha akiendesha ndege ,mara kavaa nguo za kijeshi n.k.
    Miaka ya 1961 -1970 nchii hii ilikuwa nyuma ya Tanzania kiuchumi ,lakini kwa sasa ni moto wa kuotea mbali,hapo nyuma watu walikuwa wanasema nchi hii ya Thailand uchumi wake mkubwa ulikuwa unategemea utalii wa ukahaba na kweli Thai kuna ukahaba wa kupindukia na umehararishwa ni kama Uholanzi,hata hivyo ni sector ya viwanda ,biashara na utalii ndio vimeipaisha nchi hiyo,kingine cha mwisho hawa wa Thai ni watu waaminifu sana hakuna wizi Thai na pia wanawake ni wengi zaidi kuliko wanaume,mtu wa nje hurusiwi kuendesha biashara ndogondogo mpaka uungane na raia wa hapo,kuna raia wengi kutoka Afrika Magharibi hasa Wanijeria ,Wasenegal,na Wakongo kidogo na Wakenya(wao wameajiriwa kama waalimu wa kiingereza) Hawa bandugu wa West Afrika ndio wanabiashara nyingi na wengi wameoa wanawake wa ki Thai na huongea lugha ya huko,pia wengi wao huuza unga.
    Watanzania si wengi
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    Mr Rocky JF-Expert Member

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    worth reading
    thank you

    KAKA A TAIFA JF-Expert Member

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    Got that
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    Straddler JF-Expert Member

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    Again you guys have forgotten King Robert Mugabe of Shonaland!!!....!!!!!!!