Famous 21st Century Emperors & Kings

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 1 Akihito

Akihito.
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Famous As: 125th Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: December 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Akihito served as the 125th emperor of Japan after succeeding his father to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As emperor, he played a crucial role in inspiring people in 2011 when Japan was struck by two major disasters: Fukushima I nuclear crisis and Great East Japan Earthquake. Akihito abdicated the throne in 2019, becoming the first emperor to do so since 1817.

 2 Naruhito

Naruhito.
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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: February 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Naruhito, the 126th emperor of Japan and the only living monarch to use the title “Emperor,” ascended the throne after his father Akihito’s abdication in 2019. Devoted to efforts of water conservation, Naruhito has also been part of the International Olympic Committee. He plays both the violin and the viola.

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 3 Mohammed VI of Morocco

Mohammed VI of Morocco.
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Famous As: King of Morocco
Birthdate: August 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco

Mohammed VI of Morocco is the present King of Morocco. He ascended to the throne in 1999. His father was King Hassan II. Hailing from the Alaouite dynasty, Mohammed VI well-educated man with a Ph.D. in law with distinction. It is alleged that corruption is rampant in his court, and he is criticized for his extravagant lifestyle.  

 4 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Died: November 2, 2004

 5 Pope Alexander VI

Pope Alexander VI.
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Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1431
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xàtiva, Spain
Died: August 18, 1503

Pope Alexander VI served as the pope from 1492 to 1503. Due to his involvement with several mistresses, Alexander is regarded as one of the most controversial popes of the Renaissance. However, during his papacy, a new architectural era surfaced in Rome as he encouraged the development of fine arts; famous personalities like Pinturicchio, Raphael, and Michelangelo worked for him.

 6 Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
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Famous As: Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Birthdate: April 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Betzdorf Castle, Betzdorf, Luxembourg
Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, had an elite education, having traveled to the U.K, the U.S., and Switzerland for his studies. He met Cuban-born Maria Teresa at the University of Geneva, and eventually walked the aisle with her. He became Luxembourg’s sixth Grand Duke after his father’s abdication in 2000.

 7 Constantine II of Greece

Constantine II of Greece
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Psychiko, Greece
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 8 Philippe of Belgium

Philippe of Belgium
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Famous As: King of Belgium
Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

 9 Felipe VI of Spain

Felipe VI of Spain.
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Famous As: King of Spain
Birthdate: January 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Felipe VI of Spain is the current King of Spain, reigning since 2014. He ascended the throne upon the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I. His mother is Queen Sofía. As the king, he is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces as well. He also serves as the honorary president of several associations and foundations. 

 10 Mswati III of Swaziland

Mswati III of Swaziland
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, Manzini, Eswatini

 11 Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon

Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon
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Famous As: Prince Napoléon
Birthdate: July 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Raphaël, Var, France

 12 Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah.
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Famous As: King of Bahrain
Birthdate: January 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riffa, Bahrain

Former emir and the current king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah, had an elite education in the U.K. He reframed the constitution of Bahrain, making it a constitutional monarchy. His cordial relations with Israel helped Bahrain become the second nation after the U.A.E. to normalize ties with Israel.

 13 Vajiralongkorn

Vajiralongkorn.
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Famous As: King of Thailand
Birthdate: July 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand

Vajiralongkorn became the king of Thailand at age 64, following his father Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death, becoming the oldest to ascend to the throne. He was once seen dressed in a crop top, with his mistress, in a viral video. He sparked protests after moving to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 14 Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco

Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: December 10, 2014
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco

 15 Dündar Aliosman

Dündar Aliosman
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: December 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

 16 Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein

Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
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Famous As: Prince of Liechtenstein
Birthdate: February 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: 0000 AD

 17 Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman

Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman
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Famous As: Sultan of Oman
Birthdate: November 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salalah, Oman
Died: January 10, 2020

 18 George Tupou V

George Tupou V
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Famous As: King of Tonga
Birthdate: May 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nukuʿalofa, Tonga
Died: March 18, 2012

 19 Prince Laurent of Belgium

Prince Laurent of Belgium
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: October 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belvédère Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

 20 Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1982

Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1982
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sandton Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa

 21 Tupou IV

Tupou IV
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Famous As: King of Tonga
Birthdate: July 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nukuʿalofa, Tonga
Died: September 10, 2006

 22 Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: 1934 AD
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 16, 2012

 23 Nyuserre Ini

Nyuserre Ini
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 2422 AD

 24 Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1921 AD
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 28, 2019

 25 Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou

Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou.
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Famous As: Member of the Royal House of Bourbon
Birthdate: April 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou is a member of the Bourbons, a Spanish royal family, which formerly ruled many countries, including France. A direct descendant of Louis XIV of France, Louis Alphonse is a pretender to the French throne. However, the rival pretenders argue that Louis is ineligible for the throne as he is a Spanish citizen. 

 26 Afonso, Prince of Beira

Afonso, Prince of Beira
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

 27 Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1939

Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1939
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Tirana, Tirana, Kingdom of Albania
Died: November 30, 2011

 28 Prince Nirajan

Prince Nirajan
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Famous As: Prince of Nepal
Birthdate: November 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: June 1, 2001

 29 Mwanga

Mwanga
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Famous As: King of Buganda
Birthdate: 1868 AD
Birthplace: Nakawa
Died: May 8, 1903

 30 Alexander, Margrave of Meissen

Alexander, Margrave of Meissen
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: February 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

 31 Francesco Ruspoli, 10th Prince of Cerveteri

Francesco Ruspoli, 10th Prince of Cerveteri
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 32 Paras Shah

Paras Shah
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Famous As: Prince of Nepal
Birthdate: December 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 33 Joachim, 8th Prince Murat

Joachim, 8th Prince Murat
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 34 Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Wittekind, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arolsen, Nazi Germany

 35 Prince Oscar of Prussia

Prince Oscar of Prussia
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: May 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany

 36 Carol Victor Hereditary Prince of Albania

Carol Victor Hereditary Prince of Albania
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: May 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Potsdam, Prussia, Germany
Died: December 8, 1973

 37 Muhammadu Maccido

Muhammadu Maccido
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dange-Shuni, Nigeria
Died: October 29, 2006

 38 Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: June 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 39 Soe Win

Soe Win
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rangoon, Burma

 40 Tomasi Kulimoetoke II

Tomasi Kulimoetoke II
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: July 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Matâ’utu, Wallis and Futuna
Died: May 7, 2007

 41 Fon Angwafo III of Mankon

Fon Angwafo III of Mankon
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unknown