Many Monarchs

The Friday File: There are 29 monarchs and 44 sovereign nations with a monarch as head of state. Queen Elizabeth II, who acceded to the throne in 1952 is the longest serving monarch; 67 years. In addition to the UK, she is head of state of 16 other nations. All other monarchs are head of state of just one. Pope Francis of Vatican City rules over the fewest subjects, 840.

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