The Last Monarchs

Bahādur Shāh Ẓafar

Like other Mughal Indian emperors, Bahādur Shāh Ẓafar is said to be a direct descendent of Mongol rulers such as Genghis Khan and Timur. With his death, one of the world’s greatest dynasties came to an end.

The emperor was tried for treason, imprisoned and exiled to other territory under British control, in what is now Myanmar (Burma).

He died in custody on 7 November 1862 aged 87 – but his poetry lived on.

Buried in an unmarked grave until discovered in 1991.

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The crown of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar India. 1857 rule ended.


Thibaw, also spelled Theebaw, (born 1858, Mandalay, Burma—died Dec. 19, 1916, Ratnagiri Fort, India), last king of Burma, whose short reign (1878–85) ended with the occupation of Upper Burma by the British. 


Courtesy name Yaozhi, was the last emperor of China as the eleventh and final Qing dynasty ruler. He became the Xuantong Emperor at age two in 1908, but was forced to abdicate on February 12, 1912 during the Xinhai Revolution.

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King of Siam

The king of Siam/Thailand, 1861.


Liliʻuokalani was the last sovereign monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom, ruling from January 29, 1891, until the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893. Even from today there was no treaty made and the U.S which still illegally occupies the island.

Emperor Haile Selassie

Emperor Haile Selassie descendant of King Solomon of Israel who ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 until his monarchy was overthrown. King of Rastafarianism, died 1975.

King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa

Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa; 29 June 1936 – 16 October 2016) was the last ruling King (Mwami) of Rwanda, from 28 July 1959 until the end of the UN-mandate with Belgian administration and the declaration of an independent Republic of Rwanda.

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King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa

Queen Genenpil

Queen Genenpil of Mongolia, 1923. Genepil was the last queen consort of Mongolia, married to Bogd Khan. She was queen consort for less than a year in 1924 but her story has captivated successive generations. In May, 1938, Queen Genenpil was executed, shot as part of the Stalinist repressions in Mongolia.

Bao Dai

Bao Dai, original name Nguyen Vinh Thuy, (born Oct. 22, 1913, Vietnam—died Aug. 1, 1997, Paris, France), the last reigning emperor of Vietnam.

What was the reason for overthrowing all these monarchies? Were they oppressive and tyrannical to it’s people or was there another reason? My personal belief is the powers that be hung on to the monarchies that would follow them. 

The ones that wouldn’t step in line would be overthrown entirely. Some of these monarchies may have held on to some great knowledge of our past that the controllers simply don’t want out there. You decide..

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