Reflection: Monarchs in Contemporary Times

The Aga Khan Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini, spiritual leader of the worldwide community of Ismaili Shia Muslims, exercises Media Reports: Harper announces Aga Khan to visit Canada, address Parliament later this monthsignificant diplomatic influence. This year he was invited to address the Canadian parliament and the Aga Khan Development Network is one of the pre-eminent Islamic development organisations in the world today.

from the section – There Are Different Kinds of Monarchs

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and The Aga Khan share a smile at a dinner at Buckingham Palace, London, to mark the Aga Khan's Golden Jubilee, Monday July 7, 2008. The Aga Khan is the Imam of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.Last year he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his succession to the title held by his grandfather.The Aga Khan is coming to the end of a seven-day visit to the United Kingdom held to mark the milestone. (AP Photo/PA, Dominic Lipinski)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and The Aga Khan share a smile at a dinner at Buckingham Palace, London, to mark the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee, Monday July 7, 2008. The Aga Khan is the Imam of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/PA, Dominic Lipinski)

The World Has Many Monarchs

There are 28 sovereigns across 43 countries in the world today … This equates to 22% of the 193 UN member states across most regions of the world.

Monarchs Have a Power to Unify

… Yet as the hard power of constitutional monarchs has diminished (though not as much as we assume), their soft power – the power to persuade, to unite, to inspire, without the threat of punishment – has increased.

 

Read more on this viewpoint at Like It or Not, Monarchies Are Enduring for Several Reasons

Like It or Not, Monarchies Are Enduring for Several Reasons
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Related: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/welcome-to-the-club-of-reigning-royals-1.1831886

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