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A 1908 postcard shows nineteen reigning monarchs; eleven of their thrones have since been abolished.

Throughout history monarchies have been abolished either through legislative reforms, coups d'état, or wars.

One example is the overthrow in 1649 of the English monarchy by the Parliament of England, led by Oliver Cromwell. The monarchy was restored in 1660. Another is the abolition of the French monarchy in 1792, during the French Revolution. The French monarchy was later restored several times until 1871. The ancient monarchy of China ceased to exist in 1912 after the revolution of Sun Yat-sen. The last emperor of Korea lost his throne in 1910 when the country was annexed by Japan. After the death of the last khagan in 1924 Mongolia became a republic.

In 1893 foreign business leaders overthrew the Queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii. They established a republic, which joined the United States in 1898. The monarchy of Portugal was overthrown in 1910, two years after the assassination of King Carlos I. In Spain monarchy was abolished from 1873 to 1874 by the First Spanish Republic and from 1931 to 1975 by the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1936/39) and the dictatory of Franco (1936/39-1975). Constitutional monarchy was restored 22 November 1975.

World War I led to perhaps the greatest spate of abolition of monarchies in history. The conditions inside Russia and the poor performance in the war gave rise to a communist revolution which toppled the entire institution of the monarchy, executed the Tsar and implemented a proletarian dictatorship. The defeated empires of Germany, Austria and Turkey saw the abolition of their monarchies in the close aftermath of the war. During the war, monarchies were planned for the Grand Duchy of Finland (to have a Finnish King), and for Lithuania (Mindaugas II of Lithuania), with a protectorate-like dependency of Germany. Both intended kings renounced their thrones after Germany's defeat in November 1918.

In 1939 Italy invaded Albania and removed the existing King Zog and instated the Italian King as its new monarch. Italy, along with the other eastern European monarchies of Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania joined with Germany in World War II against the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the western allies and the Soviet Union. As the axis powers came to a defeat in the war, communist partisans in occupied Yugoslavia and occupied Albania seized power and ended the monarchies. Communists in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania removed their monarchies with strong backing by the Soviet Union, which had many troops and supporters placed there during the course of the war. The King of Italy had switched sides during the war in favour of the western allies, but a referendum in 1946 saw the monarchy ended there as well. A unique feature of the war was the Japanese Emperor who had held a debated but important role in Japan's warfare against the allied powers, being reduced in stature from a divine monarch to a figurehead one by the occupying United States, instead of being abolished altogether.

In Greece the king was forced into exile after a coup d'état in 1967 and the republic was proclaimed in 1973 (confirmed by referendum in 1974).

The monarchies of India, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe were abolished when, or shortly after, they became independent of the United Kingdom, while remaining within the Commonwealth in the middle of the 20th century or later. That of Ireland was not abolished when Ireland became independent of the United Kingdom in the 1920s, but was abolished by the Republic of Ireland Act of 1948, which came into force in 1949. Pakistan became a republic in 1956. The monarchy in South Africa was abolished in 1961 by an apartheid referendum. The latest country to become a Commonwealth republic was Mauritius in 1992.

That of Egypt and Sudan was abolished in 1953, after the revolution of 1952; that of Tunisia in 1957, that of Iraq in 1958, that of Libya in 1969, that of Iran was abolished by the Islamic revolution of 1979. In Ethiopia the emperor was overthrown in 1974 as a result of a democratic revolution supplanted later by a radical leftist coup. Political upheaval and Communist insurrection put an end to the monarchies of Indochina after World War II: a short-lived attempt to leave a monarchical form of government in post-colonial South Vietnam came to naught in 1955, a military coup overthrew the kingless monarchy in Cambodia in 1970 and a Communist takeover ended the monarchy in Laos in 1975. Cambodia's monarchy later saw an unexpected rebirth under an internationally-mediated peace settlement with former king Norodom Sihanouk being restored as a figurehead in 1993.

Brazil rejected an attempt to restore its monarchy in the 1990s[1], while efforts to restore the monarchies of some of the Balkan states in the former Eastern Bloc continue.

In Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who was deposed from the Bulgarian throne in 1946, was elected and recently served as the Prime Minister of his country from 2001 to 2005. The only Balkan country to have held a referendum on the monarchy was Albania where the claimant to his father's throne, the self-styled Leka I, lost by a huge margin in 1997. Former King Michael of Romania and Prince Alexander of Serbia have been allowed to return, gained some popularity, played largely apolitical public roles, but never came close to being restored to their ancestral thrones.

In a 1999 referendum, the voters of Australia rejected a proposal to abolish their monarchy in favour of a specific republic model. The proposal was rejected in all states, with only the Australian Capital Territory voting in favour.

On December 24, 2007, the Nepalese government decided in an accord to abolish the monarchy after the elections to be held in April, 2008.[1] The Nepalese monarchy was formally abolished on 28 May 2008.


Monarchies abolished in the 20th-21st centuries


Last Monarch



Dendi Kingdom Askia Malla 1901 Ousted by French, the country became a part of French West Africa
Flag of Ashanti.svg Ashanti Empire Prempeh I 1902 Ousted by British, the country became a part of Gold Coast (British colony)
Oyo Empire Adeyemi I Alowolodu 1905 Last monarch died, the country became a part of British Southern Nigeria Protectorate
Flag of the Mwali Sultanate.svg Mwali Sultanate 1909 The country was incorporated into French Third Republic
Flag Portugal (1830).svg Portugal Manuel II 1910 Republican Coup d'État
Flag of Korea 1882.svg Korea Sunjong native monarchy abolished; replaced by rule by Japan, a monarchy, through 1945
Angoche Sultanate Ousted by Portuguese, the country was incorporated into Portugal
Kingdom of Nri Eze Nri Òbalíke 1911 Ousted by British, the country became a part of Southern Nigeria Protectorate
Kasanje Kingdom The country was incorporated into Portuguese West Africa
China Qing Dynasty Flag 1889.svg China Puyi 1912 Xīnhài Revolution – Emperor ousted by warlords and republicans
Sultanate of Ndzuwani Saidi Mohamed bin Saidi Omar The country was incorporated into French Third Republic
Albania 1914 Flag.gif Albania William I 1914 monarchy restored in 1928 (Albanian Kingdom)
Flag of the Kingdom of Kongo.svg Kingdom of Kongo Manuel III Position abolished by Portuguese after an unsuccessful revolt
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Nicholas II 1917 February Revolution
Flag of Montenegro (1941-1944).svg Montenegro Nikola I 1918 referendum deposed King and united with Serbia
Flag of the German Empire.svg Germany Wilhelm II All on account of German defeat in World War I and the following German Revolution
Flag of Prussia 1892-1918.svg Prussia
Flag of Bavaria (striped).svg Bavaria Ludwig III
Flagge Königreich Württemberg.svg Württemberg Wilhelm II
Flagge Königreich Sachsen (1815-1918).svg Saxony Friedrich Augustus III
Flagge Großherzogtum Hessen ohne Wappen.svg Hesse Ernst Ludwig I
Flagge Großherzogtum Baden (1891-1918).svg Baden Friedrich II
Flagge Großherzogtum Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (1897-1920).svg Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Wilhelm Ernst I
Flagge Großherzogtümer Mecklenburg.svg Mecklenburg-Schwerin Friedrich Franz IV
Flag of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg (1871).svg Oldenburg Frederick Augustus II
Flagge Herzogtum Braunschweig.svg Brunswick Ernst Augustus I
Flagge Herzogtum Anhalt.svg Anhalt Joachim Ernst I
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1911-1920).svg Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Carl Eduard I
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Meiningen.svg Saxe-Meiningen Bernhard III
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Meiningen.svg Saxe-Altenburg Ernst II
Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Waldeck-Pyrmont Friedrich I
Flagge Fürstentum Lippe.svg Lippe Leopold IV
Flagge Fürstentum Schaumburg-Lippe.svg Schaumburg-Lippe Adolf II
Flagge Fürstentümer Schwarzburg.svg Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Günther Victor I
Flagge Fürstentum Reuß ältere Linie.svg Reuss Senior Line
Flagge Fürstentum Reuß jüngere Linie.svg Reuss Junior Line
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy.svg Austria Karl I deposed and monarchy abolished
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Frederick Charles I (king-elect) never in effect
Flag of Lithuania 1918-1940.svg Lithuania Mindaugas II (king-elect)
Flag of Poland.svg Poland Nicholas II of Russia (power wielded by Regency Council)
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918).svg Hungary Károly IV restored 1920, although throne remained vacant with a Regent
Flag of the Emirate of Bukhara.svg Bukhara (Uzbekistan) Mohammed Alim Khan 1920
Bandera de Khiva 1917-1920.svg Khiva (Uzbekistan) Abdallah Khan
Witu Sultanate Fumo `Umar ibn Ahmad 1923 Sultanate abolished by British, the country was incorporated into Kenya Colony
Ottoman Flag.svg Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI Turkish War of Independence followed by a parliamentary decision in 1923
OttomanReligious.svg Ottoman Caliphate Abdülmecid II 1924
Hellenic Kingdom Flag 1935.svg Greece Georgios II 1924 restored 1935 and later abolished in 1974 (see below)
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia Bogd Khan Communist People's Republic proclaimed after Khan's death
Kingdom of Orungu Rogombé-Nwèntchandi 1927 Position abolished by French
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Spain Alfonso XIII 1931 later restored (see below)
Kingdom of Jimma Abba Jofir 1932 Ousted by Ethiopians, Jimma incorporated into Ethiopia
Flag Kingdom Of Albania.svg Albania Zog I 1939 Italian Invasion
Flag of Croatia Ustasa.svg Croatia Tomislav II 1943 abdicated after withdrawal of Italian support
Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland Christian X 1944 union with Denmark terminated
Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia Petar II 1945 communist reconstruction
Flag of Manchukuo.svg Manchukuo Puyi merged into the Republic of China after abolition of the Empire
Flag of Hungary 1940.svg Hungary None (Miklós Horthy as regent) 1946 Decision of the parliament without a referendum.
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy Umberto II referendum; official result: 54,3% in favour of republic
Flag of Bulgaria (1878-1944).svg Bulgaria Simeon II referendum initiated by the Soviets; official result: 95% against monarchy
Flag of the Kingdom of Sarawak (1870).svg Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke White Rajahs hand over power to British crown
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Mihai I 1947 forced out by communists
Flag of India.svg Indian Princely States See article 1947-
became federal states of an independent India
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland George VI 1949 Abolished the last "King of Ireland", the King of the United Kingdom
Flag of India.svg India George VI 1950 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of Egypt 1922.svg Egypt and Sudan Fuad II 1953 Revolution
Flag of North Vietnam.svg Democratic Republic of Vietnam Bảo Đại 1954 Vietnam partitioned through the Geneva Accords
Flag of South Vietnam.svg State of Vietnam Bảo Đại 1955 Referendum in South Vietnam
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Elizabeth II 1956 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia Muhammad VIII al-Amin 1957 coup d'état
Flag of Iraq 1924.svg Iraq Faisal II 1958
Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana Elizabeth II 1960 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg South Africa 1961
Flag Rwanda 1959.svg Rwanda Kigeli V coup d'état
Flag of Tanganyika.svg Tanganyika Elizabeth II 1962 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen.svg Yemen Muhammad XI coup d'état
Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria Elizabeth II 1963 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 1964
Flag of the Sultanate of Zanzibar.svg Zanzibar Jamshid bin Abdullah coup d'état
Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi Ntare V 1966
Flag of Malawi.svg Malawi Elizabeth II Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Fadhli Sultanate Nasser bin Abdullah bin Hussein bin Ahmed Alfadhli 1967 The countries were incorporated into newly created People's Republic of South Yemen
Qu'aiti Sultanate Ghalib II bin Awadh bin Saleh Al Qu'aiti
Sultanate of Upper Yafa Muhammad ibn Salih Harharah
Sultanate of Lower Yafa Mahmud ibn Aidrus Al Afifi
Muflahi Sheikhdom al Qasim ibn Abd ar Rahman
Audhali Sultanate Salih ibn al Husayn ibn Jabil Al Audhali
Emirate of Beihan Saleh al Hussein Al Habieli
Dathina Sheikhdom
Emirate of Dhala Shafaul ibn Ali Shaif Al Amiri
Wahidi Sultanate of Balhaf
Sheikhdom of Shaib Yahya ibn Mutahhar al-Saqladi
Alawi Sheikhdom Salih ibn Sayil Al Alawi
Aqrabi Sheikhdom Mahmud ibn Muhammad Al Aqrabi
Wahidi Sultanate of Haban Husayn ibn Abd Allah Al Wahidi
Qutaibi Sheikhdom
Hadrami Sheikhdom
Mausatta Sheikhdom
Busi Sheikhdom
Dhabi Sheikhdom
Haushabi Sultanate Faisal bin Surur Al Haushabi
Kathiri Sultanate Al Husayn ibn Ali
Mahra Sultanate
Sultanate of Lahej Ali bin Abd al Karim al Abdali
Lower Aulaqi Sultanate Nasir ibn Aidrus Al Awlaqi
Upper Aulaqi Sultanate Awad ibn Salih Al Awlaqi
Upper Aulaqi Sheikhdom Amir Abd Allah ibn Muhsin al Yaslami Al Aulaqi
Flag of Maldives.svg Maldives Muhammad Fareed Didi 1968 referendum
Flag of Libya (1951).svg Libya Idris I 1969 coup d'état
Amb Nawab Sir Muhammad Farid Khan Pakistani Frontier States abolished, merged into the North-West Frontier Province
Chitral Mohammad Saif ul-Mulk Nasir
Dir Muhammad Shah Khosru Khan
Swat Miangul Abdul-Haqq Jahan Zeb
Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk 1970 later restored (see below)
Flag of The Gambia.svg The Gambia Elizabeth II Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone 1971
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Ceylon 1972 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy, state name changed in to "Sri Lanka"
Flag of Afghanistan 1930.svg Afghanistan Mohammed Zahir Shah 1973 coup d'état
Flag of Ethiopia (1897).png Ethiopia Haile Selassie I 1974
Hellenic Kingdom Flag 1935.svg Greece Konstantinos II referendum; official result: 69% against monarchy
Flag of Malta (1875-1898).svg Malta Elizabeth II Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of Laos (1952-1975).png Laos Savang Vatthana 1975 Communist takeover
Sikkimflag.svg Sikkim Palden Thondup Namgyal referendum; official result: 97% to become a state of India
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago Elizabeth II 1976 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 1979 Iranian Revolution
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg Central Africa Bokassa I coup d'état
Flag of Southern Rhodesia.svg Southern Rhodesia Elizabeth II 1980 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy. Unofficially, had declared a republic in 1965 under the name Rhodesia, but this was not internationally recognised. Briefly became Zimbabwe Rhodesia, then restored to being Southern Rhodesia, before gaining independence as Zimbabwe
Rwenzururu flag.png Kingdom of Rwenzururu Abel Muzorewa 1982 Forced to abdicate by the government of Uganda; declaration of independence of Rwenzururu was annulled
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji Elizabeth II 1987 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II recognised as Paramount Chief by the Great Council of Chiefs
Flag of Mauritius.svg Mauritius Elizabeth II 1992 Abolished Commonwealth monarchy
Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Malietoa Tanumafili II 2007 Last non-elected ruler (O le Ao o le Malo) died, country de facto switched to parliamentary republic
Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal Gyanendra Bikram Shah 2008 Monarchy abolished on 28 May 2008, replaced with secular federal republic[2]

Current monarchies that were abolished and then restored





Flag of England.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Leinster.svg England, Scotland and Ireland 1649 Commonwealth of England established 1660
Flag of Spain.svg Spain 1873 First Spanish Republic established 1874
1931 Second Spanish Republic established, then restored in 1947 (de jure), initially under the regency of Francisco Franco 1975
(de facto)
Flag of Ankole.svg Ankole 1967 Abolished by government under new constitution of Milton Obote 1993
Flag of Buganda.svg Buganda
Flag of Bunyoro, Uganda.svg Bunyoro
Flag of Toro, Uganda.svg Toro
Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia 1970 coup d'état 1975
1976 King forced into exile once again by Khmer Rouge 1993

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