The immediate family of Kings, female monarchs, and Sultans is called a royal family. Sometimes, their extended family is also included in a royal family. A royal family generally includes the spouse of the current monarch, children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and cousins of the ruling monarch, and also their spouses. Surviving spouses of a deceased monarch is also part of a royal family. In some cases, the term royal family member is also used for great grandchildren and distant descendants of a monarch.