A royal family is the extended family of a king or queen regnant. The term imperial family appropriately describes the extended family of an emperor or empress, while the terms "ducal family", "grand ducal family" or "princely family" are more appropriate to describe the relatives of a reigning duke, grand duke, or prince. However, in common parlance members of any family which reigns by hereditary right are often referred to as royalty or "royals". It is also customary in some circles to refer to the extended relations of a deposed monarch and his or her descendants as a royal family.
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... The Danish Royal Family inhabit a range of residences around Denmark ... Historically all the residences of the royal family were privately owned ... by the Queen or other members of the Royal Family ...
... It is the Danish Royal Family’s spring and autumn residence, and is often the site of important state visits and events in the Royal Family ... It is the most used of the Royal Family’s residences ...
... Dynasty At the apex of Han society was the emperor, a member of the Liu family and thus a descendant of the founder Emperor Gaozu (r ... but once the non-related kings had died off, an imperial edict outlawed all non-Liu family members from becoming kings ... Starting with Emperor Gaozu's reign, thousands of noble families, including those from the royal houses of Qi, Chu, Yan, Zhao, Han, and Wei from the Warring States Period, were ...
... António da Albuquerque (who was exiled to Spain by the royal family following the publication of his defamatory novel O Marquês da Bacalhoa) recounted the testimony of Fabrício de ... only Aquilino referred to the possible kidnapping of the royal family and the planned assassination of Prime Minister João Franco ... movement (the Portuguese ambassador in Paris had heard of plans to assassinate the royal family from anarchists living in France) ...
... House of Arenberg (Belgium) Fürstenberg princely family (Germany) House of Ligne (Belgium) Princely family of Merode (Belgium) Schwarzenberg princely family (Bohemia) ...
Famous quotes containing the words royal family, family and/or royal:
“You know, he wanted to shoot the Royal Family, abolish marriage, and put everybody whod been to public school in a chain gang. Yeah, he was a idealist, your dad was.”
—David Mercer, British screenwriter, and Karel Reisz. Mrs. Dell (Irene Handl)
“While one family is well-fed and clothed, a thousand others grumble.”
“a highly respectable gondolier,
Who promised the Royal babe to rear
And teach him the trade of a timoneer
With his own beloved brattling.”
—Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18361911)