The World: The Keepers of the Flame

They might be called the keepers of the flame. A dozen in all, they are the dispossessed descendants of Europe's royal families—and they all have legitimate claims to thrones from Russia to Portugal. Theirs is not always an impossible dream—as witness the restoration of Juan Carlos to the Spanish throne last year.

The most recently unemployed monarch is Greece's King Constantino II, 35, who was ousted by a military junta in 1967. He lives quietly not far from London with his Queen, 'the former Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, and their three children.

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