There are now only two monarchs left alive from the former monarchies of Europe:
- Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, who was, extraordinarily, elected as Prime Minister of Bulgaria in 2001. He served as Simeon Sxe-Coburg-Gotha, being of the same line as our own royals. He was Tsar from 1943, being deposed aged nine in 1946.
- Constantine II of Greece, who was deposed in 1973. He won a gold medal in sailing at the 1960 Olympics.
There are, of course, some former monarchs in Europe who abdicated: Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, Albert II of Belgium, Beatrix of the Netherlands, Juan Carlos of Spain, and Pope Ex-Benedict.