Monarchs get a bad rap. People think they sit around on velvet thrones, eating caviar and drinking champagne all day, surrounded by a small but substantial army of corgis. The reality is that being a monarch is a demanding job in its own right, with diplomatic meetings, dealing with your country’s international affairs and hosting dignitaries and other royals. Some royals even held or hold second jobs or duties beyond their obligations as uncontested rulers. These are just a few of those monarchs that also had or have real jobs.
The Dragon King
OK, so the first spot is going to the monarch with the most baddass name, that’s how my list is going to be authored, and you better learn to deal with it. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the fourth Dragon King of the Kingdom of Bhutan, which is located on the eastern Himalayas, landlocked between China and India. Although it is just a speck of a country compared to the countries it rubs shoulders with, Bhutan is a member of UN. Until his father’s reign (who he succeeded, duh) Bhutan had been an absolute monarchy, i.e. The, I’m the King, I do whatever the F*** I want, political system. Before he ascended to the throne, he often accompanied his father as he was a gifted and charismatic public speaker. Once Wangchuck took over the throne, he helped the country transition to a democratic system or rather a constitutional monarchy. He is highly educated in Foreign Service and International Affairs.
Men always envy other men with a longer anything; it doesn’t matter if it is a car, boats or plane. But if you were to compete with our next monarch, you would most definitely fall short. Because the monarch of Brunei’s name is (wait for it) Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien. He not only has a long name, though, he also has a long number in his bank account, as Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien is considered one of the wealthiest individuals in the world.
Unlike the Dragon King, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien is the absolute head of state of Brunei with executive authority or the I’m the Sultan and I do what I want political system. He’s actually a knight! Well, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as Brunei was a protectorate of the crown until the ‘80s. The Sultan only has executive authority, but a few years ago he amended the constitution to make him infallible, meaning he doesn’t make mistakes, thus he can’t be questioned. He is also Chief of the country’s Finance and Defense Ministries and self-appointed General of Police. It’s not like he doesn’t support democratization though he’s all for it since he appointed himself both President and Prime Minister…Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien is an extremely busy man.
The Dancing King
Norodom Sihamoni is the King of Cambodia and Cambodia’s Ambassador to UNESCO where he is known for his strong work ethic and dedication to Cambodian culture. He succeeded his father; who should only be known as King Horny since Norodom Sihamoni has 14 half-brothers and sisters, which the Horny King sired with a slew of women, including Sihamoni’s mother who was a beauty pageant winner. He is well known also as a choreographer and classical dance instructor. And because I couldn’t help myself here’s another video of the King’s choreography…
The Dancing King Pt. Deux
The Sun King, Louis Quatorze or Louis the Great monarch of the House of Bourbon (don’t get excited, you’re thinking about the wrong type of bourbon). He built the excessively lavish and world famous Versailles Palace and ran the most powerful country in the world at the time. He also happened to be an infamous momma’s boy. What he was most known for though, was using art and ballet as a tool of propaganda and inevitably tying France, and the elite upper crust’s love with the art-form. Oh, he might have also begun the discontent with the French monarchy and court of nobles that eventually resulted in the French Revolution.
A Bit Fishy
Successor and eldest son to Emperor Hirohito. Hirohito was Japan’s leader who chose to participate in WWII which resulted in the immense loss of human life as the result of the American atomic bombs and consequent surrender of Japan. Emperor Akihito took the Chrysanthemum Throne when his father passed and has taken it upon himself to apologize to neighboring nations that suffered under the rule of the Japanese Empire. But he isn’t just some apologizing Emperor, he is also a published ichthyologist, a passion that he inherited from his father. He has been published in Gene, Japanese Journal of Ichthyology, Science and Nature.
Artsy Fartsy Aristocracy
Queen Margrethe II of Demark has been sitting squarely on the throne since 1972. To do this the monarch with the pixie cut had to change the constitution because until that point only male heirs were entitled to the throne, but this was the seventies and that patriarchal crap wasn’t going to pass. Margrethe II is actually an accomplished artist and has personally sent illustrations to J.R.R. Tolkien for his Danish language edition of Lord of the Rings.
The author was surprised by the similarities of the Queen’s illustrations to his own, so he accepted them. The images were even adapted for a later edition of the English language version of the Tolkien opus. Although she exhibited multiple times throughout her lifetime she did so under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer. The queen is also very well known for being a chain smoker, not that it’s an occupation, but hey it’s something.
The One To Rule Them All
She is the world’s oldest reigning monarch at the moment, raising speculation that she is either a vampire or a Weekend at Bernie-esque cadaver puppet. But she isn’t just a Monarch Zombie, Queen Elizabeth II was also a driver and mechanic during WWII, well at least she was trained as one a few months before the end of the war. She is famous for her love of corgis and is said to have a couple of hundred of them; amusingly her first corgi was named Dookie, which means poop.
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