Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8, tributes poured in from leaders across Europe. These accolades are well deserved, given the late Queen’s monumental role in steering one of Europe’s major powers over the past seven decades. In the midst of such universal praise, however, it is easy to overlook the widely varying national attitudes toward monarchy in contemporary Europe.
As the world reflects on Queen Elizabeth II’s death, views about the British monarchy are varied.
As of today, there are ten hereditary constitutional monarchies in Europe, all of which are located along the continent’s western and northern edges. While certainly in the minority compared to republics, they are nonetheless more common than one might expect in a region of the world known for its commitment to liberal democratic governance.
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