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  • Around the world...

  • ...monarchies are holding up surprisingly well.

  • Many are doing more than just surviving...

  • ...they are thriving

  • 44 countries have a monarch as head of state

  • Since the millennium only two royal families have gone out of business...

  • those of Samoa and Nepal...

  • where in 2001 a murderous Nepalese prince...

  • ...killed nine family members, and himself

  • In effect, ending the royal line

  • In the 20th century revolutions and two world wars...

  • ...ended 110 monarchies

  • How do you keep a monarchy alive?

  • Queen Elizabeth II is perhaps the best-known monarch

  • She rules over 16 realms and 86% of Britons...

  • think she's doing a good job

  • This is partly because she says nothing of consequence...

  • ...in public

  • The British royals have also proved they can move with the times...

  • ...welcoming a mixed-race American actress into the fold

  • In Thailand monarchs are apolitical, on paper...

  • ...but their close ties with the army have legitimised...

  • ...many military coups...

  • ...undermining democracy

  • Strict laws also protect the monarchy's image

  • Mild criticism of the royal family, and even their pets...

  • ...is landing increasing numbers of people in prison

  • The power-hungry new king Vajiralongkorn...

  • is less popular than his father...

  • ...and some wonder whether the institution...

  • ...will survive under his rule

  • In Saudi Arabia the king and his crown prince...

  • Mohammad bin Salman

  • ...have absolute power

  • Part of the Al Saud dynasty's success comes from its wealth

  • Riches from oil boost the country's economy...

  • ...creating large pots of money to buy the loyalty of subjects

  • Lavish welfare handouts are used to keep the people happy

  • And well-paid goons are used to keep them quiet

  • On April 23rd the country executed 37 people...

  • ...many of them Shias...

  • ...for alleged terrorism

  • Monarchs who survive today have mastered the art of tightrope walking

  • The best maintain popular support by staying out of politics...

  • ...putting their country's interests before their own...

  • ...and adapting with the times

  • If they don't...

  • ...they risk disappearing for good

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