Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
Psalm 8:1O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy Glory above the heavens.
Psalm 29:10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, The Only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the Heaven and in the earth is Thine;Thine is the Kingdom, O LORD, and Thou Art exalted as Head above all. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine Hand is power and might; and in Thine Hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
(Earthly) Royalty 2019
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
But God is The Judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Realm / Kingdom Image Monarch
(Birth) Since Length House Type Succession Standard Ref(s)
Principality of Andorra Emmanuel Macron in Tallinn Digital Summit. Welcome dinner hosted by HE Donald Tusk. Handshake (36669381364) (cropped 2).jpg Co-Prince Emmanuel Macron[fn 1]
(b. 1977) 14 May 2017 1 year, 314 days N/A Constitutional Ex officio — 
Mons. Vives (30612833490).jpg Co-Prince Archbishop Joan Enric Vives Sicília[fn 1]
(b. 1949) 12 May 2003 15 years, 316 days
Antigua and Barbuda Queen Elizabeth II at Hillsborough Castle.jpg Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 1 November 1981[fn 3] 37 years, 143 days Windsor[fn 4] Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Commonwealth of Australia Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 6 February 1952 67 years, 46 days Constitutional Royal Standard of Australia 
Commonwealth of the Bahamas Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 10 July 1973[fn 3] 45 years, 257 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Barbados Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 30 November 1966[fn 3] 52 years, 114 days Constitutional Royal Standard of Barbados
Canada Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 6 February 1952 67 years, 46 days Constitutional Royal Standard of Canada 
Belize Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 21 September 1981[fn 3] 37 years, 184 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Grenada Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 7 February 1974[fn 3] 45 years, 45 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Jamaica Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 6 August 1962[fn 3] 56 years, 230 days Constitutional Royal Standard of Jamaica 
New Zealand New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 6 February 1952 67 years, 46 days Constitutional Royal Standard of New Zealand 
Independent State of Papua New Guinea Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 16 September 1975[fn 5] 43 years, 189 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 19 September 1983[fn 3] 35 years, 186 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Saint Lucia Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 22 February 1979[fn 3] 40 years, 30 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 27 October 1979[fn 3] 40 years, 30 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Solomon Islands Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 7 July 1978[fn 3] 40 years, 260 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
Tuvalu Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 1 October 1978[fn 3] 40 years, 174 days Constitutional Royal Standard BR Commonwealth 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Queen Elizabeth II[fn 2]
(b. 1926) 6 February 1952[fn 6] 67 years, 46 days Constitutional Royal Standard of the United Kingdom
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom in Scotland[fn 7] 
Kingdom of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa April 2016.jpg King Hamad bin Isa
(b. 1950) 6 March 1999[fn 8] 20 years, 18 days Al Khalifah[fn 9] Mixed Hereditary Royal Standard of Bahrain 
Kingdom of Belgium Koning Filip van België.jpg King Philippe
(b. 1960) 21 July 2013 5 years, 246 days Saxe-Coburg and Gotha[fn 4] Constitutional Hereditary[fn 10] Personal Standard of Philippe, King of the Belgians 
Kingdom of Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (edit).jpg King Jigme Khesar Namgyel
(b. 1980) 14 December 2006[fn 11] 12 years, 99 days Wangchuck Constitutional Hereditary — 
Brunei Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah.jpg Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
(b. 1946) 4 October 1967[fn 12] 51 years, 171 days Bolkiah Absolute Hereditary Royal Standard of the Sultan of Brunei 
Kingdom of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni (2007) (crop).jpg King Norodom Sihamoni
(b. 1953) 14 October 2004[fn 13] 14 years, 161 days Norodom[fn 14] Constitutional Hereditary and elective[fn 15] Royal Standard of the King of Cambodia 
Kingdom of Denmark Drottning Margrethe av Danmark crop.jpg Queen Margrethe II
(b. 1940) 14 January 1972 47 years, 69 days Glücksburg[fn 16] Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of Denmark 
Kingdom of Eswatini King Mswati III 2014.jpg King Mswati III
(b. 1968) 25 April 1986 32 years, 333 days Dlamini Absolute Hereditary and elective[fn 17] Royal Standard of Eswatini 
State of Japan Emperor Akihito cropped 2 Barack Obama Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko 20140424 1.jpg Emperor Akihito[fn 18]
(b. 1933) 7 January 1989[fn 19] 30 years, 76 days Yamato[fn 20] Constitutional Hereditary Standard of the Japanese Emperor 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah portrait.jpg King Abdullah II
(b. 1962) 7 February 1999[fn 21] 20 years, 45 days Hāshim Constitutional Hereditary and elective[fn 22] Royal Standard of Jordan 
State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah IV.jpg Emir Sabah al-Ahmad
(b. 1929) 29 January 2006 13 years, 54 days Al Sabah[fn 9] Constitutional Hereditary and elective[fn 23] — 
Kingdom of Lesotho Letsie III.jpg King Letsie III
(b. 1963) 7 February 1996[fn 24] 28 years, 132 days Moshesh Constitutional Hereditary and elective Royal Standard of Lesotho 
Principality of Liechtenstein Ιωάννης Αδάμ Β΄ του Λίχτενσταϊν.jpg Sovereign Prince Hans-Adam II
(Regent: The Hereditary Prince Alois) 13 November 1989[fn 25] 29 years, 131 days Liechtenstein Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of the Prince of Liechtenstein 
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Henri of Luxembourg (2009).jpg Grand Duke Henri
(b. 1955) 7 October 2000[fn 26] 18 years, 168 days Luxembourg-Nassau[fn 27] Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg 
Malaysia No image.svg Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah[fn 28]
(b. 1959) 31 January 2019[fn 29] 52 days Pahang Constitutional Elective[fn 30] Royal Standard of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia 
Principality of Monaco Albert II February 2015 (cropped).jpg Sovereign Prince Albert II
(b. 1958) 6 April 2005[fn 31] 13 years, 352 days Grimaldi Constitutional Hereditary Personal Standard of Prince Albert II of Monaco 
Kingdom of Morocco Mohammed VI.jpg King Mohammed VI
(b. 1963) 23 July 1999[fn 32] 19 years, 244 days Alawi Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of Morocco 
Kingdom of the Netherlands Koning-willem-alexander-okt-15-s.jpg King Willem-Alexander
(b. 1967) 30 April 2013 5 years, 328 days Orange-Nassau[fn 33] Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of the Netherlands 
Kingdom of Norway H.M. Kong Harald taler (10308347696)- edit.jpg King Harald V
(b. 1937) 17 January 1991[fn 34] 28 years, 66 days Glücksburg[fn 16] Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of Norway 
Sultanate of Oman QaboosBinSaidAlSaid.jpg Sultan Qaboos bin Said
(b. 1940) 23 July 1970 48 years, 244 days Al Said Absolute Hereditary Standard of the Sultan of Oman 
State of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani 2015.jpg Emir Tamim bin Hamad
(b. 1980) 25 June 2013 5 years, 272 days Al Thani Mixed[fn 35] Hereditary — 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdull aziz December 9, 2013.jpg King Salman bin Abdulaziz
(b. 1935) 23 January 2015 4 years, 60 days Al Saud Absolute theocracy Hereditary and elective[fn 36] Royal Standard of Saudi Arabia 
Kingdom of Spain Felipe VI 2015 (cropped).jpg King Felipe VI
(b. 1968) 19 June 2014 4 years, 278 days Bourbon Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of Spain 
Kingdom of Sweden Royal Wedding Stockholm 2010-Konserthuset-433.jpg King Carl XVI Gustaf
(b. 1946) 15 September 1973[fn 37] 45 years, 190 days Bernadotte Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of Sweden 
Kingdom of Thailand King Rama X official (crop).png King Vajiralongkorn[fn 38]
(b. 1952) 13 October 2016[fn 39] 2 years, 162 days Chakri Constitutional Hereditary Standard of the King of Thailand 
Kingdom of Tonga Ulukalala Lavaka Ata.jpg King Tupou VI
(b. 1959) 18 March 2012 7 years, 6 days Tupou[fn 40] Constitutional Hereditary Royal Standard of Tonga 
United Arab Emirates Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan-CROPPED.jpg President Khalifa bin Zayed
(b. 1948) 3 November 2004 14 years, 141 days Al Nahyan[fn 41] Mixed[fn 42] Elective and hereditary[fn 43] Standard of the President of the United Arab Emirates 
Holy See Franciscus in 2015.jpg Pope Francis[fn 44]
(b. 1936) 13 March 2013 6 years, 11 days N/A Absolute theocracy Elective Insigne Francisci.svg 
In some parts of the world, royalties rule. ( Above, I posted those still in reign as of 2019.) I know there are certain rules of etiquette supposed in existence, regarding how to show them proper respect. If you were going to be in a position to meet royalty, would you be scouring the Internet about proper manners expected in their presence?
Imagine, all of the fuss (listed below), suggesting how to show honor to rulers, yet there is no special attention taken when considering how we approach Almighty God.
If we are expected to give such honor to mere humans, what does that mean for the King of kings and Lord of lords? Do we dare go before the Throne of God without acknowledgement of Who He Is and realization of who we are?
SHOULD any of us have an opportunity to meet with a member of royalty, how much of their time would they be willing to give us, precious little, if any, is my guess! Through Jesus Christ, we have been invited into God’s Presence. There are no words to articulate just how valuable it is to have complete access to The Father.
At some point, we’ve witnessed someone or have been “presented” to the public when making an entrance, a wedding reception, for example. If we stand in honor of another human, what more does our Lord deserve? Yes, we are to pray without ceasing, which means sometimes we may be in the car, in the shower, doing housework or on our face as we talk to our Creator, but our hearts, minds, all that we are, should always be bowed down, humbly before Him. Even when not physically, in our entirely, our heart should be no less than prostrated in acknowledgement of our complete allegiance and reliance upon the Master.
Let’s conclude with Scripture, and speak It back to the Lord as our prayer (Philippians 2:9-11)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name:
That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. This is TRUE POWER and AUTHORITY! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
Encounters with Royalty
*Stand when they enter the room. This is one of the most important things you should do when in the presence of royalty. If you are waiting in a room for the Queen or other royalty to arrive, you want to be sure to rise as soon as you see them enter the room. This is a show of respect for their position. If you happen to be somewhere in public, perhaps sitting in a park, when royalty walks by, be sure to stand up in that situation as well.[
You should stay standing as long as all royalty is standing, unless you are directed to sit down. For example, if you are going to be having dinner, you would wait until all the royalty is seated. If someone is going to give a speech and you have stood for them, you will most likely sit down when the speech begins.
Bow or curtsy if you are a subject of the royalty. Anyone for whom the royal is the head of state should bow or curtsy. This includes you if you are a citizen of the country where the person is royalty. Men should give a slight bow of their head, but not bow with their whole body. Women should give a brief curtsy. If you are not a citizen of the royalty’s country, you don’t need to bow or curtsy because they are not your head of state.
Non-citizens can still bow or curtsy, if they wish to, as a show of respect, but citizens must do this or it will be seen as a sign of disrespect.
*Address the royalty properly. Part of being royalty means being addressed with terms of honor, so make sure you address royalty respectfully. When greeting the Queen, address her as “Your Majesty” the first time. If you address her after the first time, call her “Ma’am,” pronounced like “jam.” Address male royalty as “Your Royal Highness” the first time, regardless of their rank or title. Use “Sir” at all times after the first time.
For female royalty who are not the Queen, you should address them as “Your Royal Highness,” and then “Ma’am” after the first address.
*Don’t say “pleased to meet you.” This is a very specific point, but an important one. If you are meeting royalty, it is a given that you are pleased to meet them, as it is an honor. Therefore saying “Pleased to meet you” is unnecessary. Royalty may not necessarily be offended by you saying this, but you will definitely look foolish.
The best alternative is to simply say “Hello,” or you can use the widely accepted “How do you do?” You must be courteous and give a greeting, but you don’t want to come off as foolish by saying the wrong thing.
*Refrain from physical contact. The general rule is that you do not touch royalty, except in some circumstances when they initiate it. If the Queen or other royalty reaches a hand out for a handshake, grip it briefly and gently. Never give a tight squeeze or a hard shake. Further, never go in for a hug or kiss on the cheek or hand. This type of physical affection with royalty is bad form.
There have been one or two instances where the Queen of England put her arm around someone and the person reciprocated the action. It is wise to follow the lead of royalty, but never do something like this unless they do it first.
*Eat only when the royalty is eating. Tea and light snacks are often part of a meeting with royalty, but you should never eat if they are not eating. Likewise, if you happen to be eating at a dinner with the Queen, once she has stopped it is customary that everyone stops.
If you do have tea and snacks with the Queen, never slurp your tea loudly and take small bites of the food. Slurping and crunching loudly are sure ways to look foolish in front of royalty.
Never chew gum when you are meeting royalty as this is disrespectful.
*Avoid personal information. A sure way to offend royalty is to refer to something in their personal lives that you may have heard about or read in a magazine or tabloid. It is acceptable to engage royalty in small talk if you are in their presence for an extended time, but try to keep the conversation away from personal information.
Don’t ask about some scandal you heard reported in the news. Don’t ask about other members of the royal family.
*Dress appropriately. It is best form when meeting royalty to dress as you might for a professional interview. In general, royalty would not expect you to be put out by purchasing something expensive specifically for the meeting, but it is courteous to be dressed nicely. A suit for men, or at least dress pants, and a button up shirt and tie is the best option. Women should dress conservatively in either a pantsuit, slacks with a blouse that covers well, or a long dress paired with a sweater or cardigan.
Before The Throne of God Above
credits: God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
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