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Politics and popularity: Why are there still so many monarchies in Europe?
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Politics and popularity: Why are there still so many monarchies in Europe?

Today will be King Charles III's first Christmas address to the people of the UK, a duty his mother Queen Elizabeth II carried out for 70 years. The royal Christmas speech is an important cultural event in the UK and Charles's taking of the reins is an essential piece of continuity for life in the country, which is one of the last remaining monarchies in Europe, and a sign of the royal family's enduring popularity. At one time practically every country in Europe was ruled by royalty, but today only 12 principalities and kingdoms remain. Europeans consider their modern nation states to be the embodiment of democracy and liberal values, so isn’t it contradictory to have an archaic hereditary head of state?What’s the secret of success for the remaining European royals?The democracy paradox...