Nepal ended 239 years of royal rule on Wednesday. The last time a monarchy was abolished was in May 2007 when Samoa's king died.
Some of the world's remaining ruling monarchies:
_ Bahrain, constitutional monarchy: King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
_ Bhutan, constitutional monarchy: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Elections in March ended the country's absolute monarchy, with the king ceding most of his powers.
_ Brunei, constitutional sultanate: Sultan and Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah.
_ Jordan, constitutional monarchy: King Abdullah II.
_ Kuwait, constitutional emirate: Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
_ Oman, monarchy: Sultan and Prime Minister Qaboos bin Said.
_ Qatar, emirate: Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani.
_ Saudi Arabia, monarchy: King and Prime Minister Abdullah.
_ Swaziland, monarchy: King Mswati III.
_ United Arab Emirates, federation of emirates: President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Source: CIA World Factbook.