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The kings and queens of modern monarchies


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Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s richest and longest reigning monarch - 65 years in June. He heads a constitutional monarchy. In September 2006, a coup was launched by several powerful Army generals with the avowed aim of “protecting the monarchy” against democratically elected populist Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

PHOTO: Sukree Sukplang /Reuters

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