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Re: "active" former monarchies
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You raise an interesting issue. I don't think there is any standard classification for these former monarchies with official or semi-official roles, although it is an interesting development. The Balkan countries seem to have created a situation short of restoration that still gives them some of the representational benefits of constitutional monarchy without actually having to adopt it as a form of government.
How are the former monarchies of Serbia, Romania, Albania and Montenegro classified? The royals of Serbia and Romania seem to be quite active in carrying out various functions some on behalf of the government. I understand that the Princes of both Albania and Montenegro are on stand-by for performing functions on behalf of their countries governments.
Today, I read several on-line items regarding some of these semi "monarchs and was astonished to read that the Parliament of Montenegro, for instance, granted the Prince of Montenegro, Nicholas, some rights used only by the President. Also, he has some salary and may live in portions of former royal residences. He seems to have the right to use the title King of Montenegro, but choses instead to simply call himself Crown Prince. And Margaret of Romania has adopted the royal perogative of "Her Majesty", but uses the title of Custodian of the Crown rather than Queen as the country has a President. Both of these royal personages seem to be accepted by the populations of their countries. Very interesting.