Countries with Kings - Does America have a King?
I recently stumbled upon a question in Wiki Answers asking "How many countries have kings and who are they?" The answer given was:
- Countries definitely with a King: Spain, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Thailand, Norway, Sweden
This is partly correct. Actually, out of 45 countries that have monarchies in 2011, there are fifteen countries with a King.
Countries with Kings
Here are the fifteen countries with kings and their kings, in alphabetical order:
- Bahrain - King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa
- Belgium - King Albert II
- Bhutan - Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
- Cambodia - King Norodom Sihamoni
- Jordan - King Abdullah II
- Lesotho - King Letsie III
- Malaysia - King Syed Sirajuddin
- Morocco - King Mohammed VI
- Norway - King Harald V
- Saudi Arabia - King Abdullah
- Spain - King Juan Carlos I
- Swaziland - King Mswati III
- Sweden - King Carl XVI Gustaf
- Thailand - King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- Tonga - King George Tupou V
In Canada where I live, we don't have a king but we have a queen - Queen Elizabeth II, who as sovereign is shared equally with fifteen other countries within the Commonwealth of Nations, all being independent and the monarchy of each legally distinct.
WHAT ABOUT THE USA?
Yes, what about the United States of America? Does America have a king? Well, what a silly question, isn't it? The USA is a democratic country, not a monarchy. But yes, America does in fact have kings, or I should say, had kings. There was Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. There was Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. And lest we forget Yul Brynner, the King of Siam in "The King and I". Sadly, the King of Rock and Roll, the King of Pop, and the King of Siam, are now all gone, but they were most definitely kings.
MICHAEL JACKSON - The King of Pop
Michael Jackson, referred to as the King of Pop, is one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time.
Five of Jackson's solo albums - Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory, all with Epic Records, a Sony Music label - are among the top-sellers of all time. During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.
In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean", "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller". Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.
On Thursday June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of overdose. His death was the lead story on Friday's newspapers nationwide, from the big national papers to the local Indiana dailies near his hometown of Gary. Most notable were USA Today's headline - MICHAEL - King of Pop dies - and The Los Angeles Times' headline - "King of Pop is dead at the age of 50."
ELVIS PRESLEY - The King of Rock and Roll
Elvis Presley was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
Elvis began singing locally as "The Hillbilly Cat", then signed with a local recording company, then in 1955 with RCA. He did much to establish early rock and roll music, bringing black blues singing into the white, teenage mainstream. Teenage girls became hysterical over his blatantly sexual gyrations, particularly the one that got him nicknamed "Elvis the Pelvis", which nickname he hated. At the time of his death, he had sold more than 600-million singles and albums.
Elvis Presley died on Tuesday, August 16, 1977 at his mansion in Graceland, near Memphis at age 42. His last public words were "I hope I haven't bored you," ...ending his last press conference.
Privately, according to some reporters his last words were "Okay, I won't" ... last words spoken to fiancé Ginger Alden, who told him on the way to the bathroom not to "fall asleep in there." Ironically, he didn't fall asleep in the bathroom... he died.
Yul Brynner was best known for his spectacular portrayal of Mongkut, king of Siam, in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I on both stage and screen. And who can forget his riveting performance as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments and as Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven. Brynner was noted for his deep, rich voice and for his shaven head, which he maintained as a personal trademark after adopting it for his role in The King and I. He was also a photographer and the author of two books.
Yul Brynner kept much of his life in mystery. He sometimes claimed to be a half-Swiss, half-Japanese named Taidje Khan, born on the island of Sakhalin. In reality he was the son of Boris Bryner, a Swiss-Russian engineer and inventor, and Marousia Blagovidova, the daughter of a Russian doctor.
Brynner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6162 Hollywood Blvd, and his childhood home, in Vladivostok, is now a museum.
He won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the King of Siam in The King and I and made the "Top 10 Stars of the Year" list in both 1957 and 1958.
In 1985, he received a Special Tony Award honoring his 4,525 performances in The King and I.
Knowing he was dying of cancer, Brynner starred in a run of farewell performances of his most famous role, The King and I, on Broadway from January 7 to June 30, 1985, with Mary Beth Peil.
Throughout his life, Brynner was often seen with a cigarette in his hand. Unable to perform the "Shall We Dance" waltz or get all the words out for the song "A Puzzlement," Brynner nonetheless played to packed audiences willing to shell out $75 per ticket. Two months after the play closed, on October 10, 1985, Brynner died in a New York hospital. The king is dead.
In January 1985, nine months before his death, he gave an interview on Good Morning America, expressing his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial. A clip from that interview was made into just such a public service announcement by the American Cancer Society, and released after his death; it includes the warning "Now that I'm gone, I tell you, don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that." This advertisement is now featured in the Body Worlds exhibition.
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