The monarchy seen in The Lion King franchise operates in a sanitized absolute monarchy, in which the current monarch exercises supreme governing authority as the head of government, thus wielding political power over the people. However, elements seen as sexist or racist in modern times are deliberately unmentioned, left out, or disproved. In this case, the animals of the Pride Lands serve as the subjects and an alpha lion of the pride serves as the king or queen. In the absolute monarchy seen in the franchise, the transmission of power is usually hereditary, but, as said in the movie, a ruler can name a successor whether they are of royal blood or not. No gender is preferred over the other. In the current movie universe, the monarch over the Pride Lands is Simba, and his heir apparent is Kiara, who will most likely be the first queen regnant of the Pride Lands, as opposed to the previous queens who served as queen consort.
List of Known MonarchsEdit
The First King of the Pride Lands
The first officially known alpha lion to dominate Pride Rock, this king was well known for discovering the Elephant Graveyard and reigning during the time of the hyena invasion. He fathered three daughters, making him Mufasa's great-great-grandfather and Simba's great-great-great grandfather. In A False Ancestor, the phony "King Joe" pretends to be this king in order to trick Simba. He is mentioned again by Simba in the story, Vulture Shock.
One of the Three Daughters
One of the three daughters (the heirs of the unnamed king above) was chosen to become queen, presumably the eldest. They are mentioned in A False Ancestor.
The Queen's Child
One of the daughters became queen and had an heir to fill her place. This child of the queen would later become Mohatu's father or mother, or perhaps Mohatu's mate's father or mother.
|Mohatu||Mohatu is the first king who is officially named. He died of old age, a rare cause of death for lions.||Unknown||Unknown|
|Ahadi||Ahadi is the second king to be officially named. He passed on the crown to his eldest son, Mufasa.||Uru||Son or Son-in-Law of Mohatu|
|Uru||None||Uru was the mate of the king during Ahadi's reign. After the Pride Lands suffers a major drought, she leaves Pride Rock in search of a new source of water.||Ahadi||Daughter or Daughter-in-Law of Mohatu|
|Mufasa||Mufasa was the firstborn son of Ahadi and Uru. He governed with peace and reason, but was ultimately murdered by his younger brother, Scar.||Sarabi||Son of Ahadi and Uru|
|Scar||Scar was a tyrannical king who seized the crown by murdering his brother, Mufasa.||None||Brother of Mufasa|
|Simba||Simba is the current king of the Pride Lands. He overthrew the tyrannical Scar and brought the land back to its former glory.||Nala||Son of Mufasa|
|Kiara||Kiara is the daughter of Simba and Nala||Kovu||Daughter of Simba|
List of ConsortsEdit
Consorts are mates chosen by the royal-blooded monarchs to rule at their sides. In The Lion King franchise, betrothals are chosen by parents and it is a tradition going back generations. Presumably, neither the consorts nor the betrothals have a say in the matter, until the reigning king dies and the new king decides otherwise.
|Ahadi||It is unknown whether Ahadi is Mohatu's son or son-in-law.||Uru||Betrothal of Uru|
|Uru||None||It is unknown whether Uru was married to King Ahadi in the First place.||None||Mate of Ahadi|
|Sarabi||Sarabi is the queen of Mufasa, who stays loyal to him even after his death and during the reign of Scar.||Mufasa||Betrothal of Mufasa|
|Nala||Nala is Simba's cubhood friend and later his queen.||Simba||Betrothal of Simba|
|Kovu||Kovu is, presumably, the prince consort of Kiara.||Kiara||Prince Consort of Kiara (presumably)|
List of HeirsEdit
The heir is the lion next in line for the throne after the reigning monarch passes away, steps down from power, or retires. Contrary to belief, the child of the current monarch is not the only sole heir. Everyone from children, siblings, and even distant cousins are in line for the throne; a necessary procedure if the current monarch is unable to rule, the monarch changes their mind about the line of succession, or if the monarch doesn't produce an offspring to succeed him or her.
|Mufasa||Mufasa is Ahadi's heir and the first in line to the throne, followed by Scar.||Sarabi (presumed)||Son of Ahadi and Uru|
|Simba||Simba is the son of Mufasa, therefore, first in line for the throne.||Nala||Son of Mufasa|
|Kiara||Kiara is the current heir apparent of Simba.||None||Daughter of Simba|
|Kopa||Kopa is the firstborn son of Simba and his heir in The Lion King: Six New Adventures.||Unknown||Son of Simba|
|Kovu||Kovu was the heir and "chosen one" of Scar, until Simba returned to the Pride Lands.||None||Adopted Son of Scar|
|Nuka||Despite being the eldest child of Zira, Nuka was not chosen to be king. It can be assumed that he would succeed his brother if he died.||None||Brother of Kovu|
|Vitani||Vitani is the sister of Nuka and Kovu.||None||Sister of Kovu|
List of Stewards, Advisers, and MajordomosEdit
Stewards in The Lion King are officials who are appointed by the ruling monarch to represent him or her in areas of kingdom. They can also serve as the majordomo to the monarch and his or her family by speaking for, making arrangements, alerting, or perform the tasks asked by the monarch. Advisors are also officials to the monarch as they offer suggestments to the monarch when facing with serious issues in the kingdom.
Most advisors are appointed by the monarch as for example, Ahadi appointed Zuzu to serve as his advisor, and her descendents to advise his descendants. So, it is assumed that whoever is the current advisor will pass down their role to their descendants or relative when they retire or die, similar to the succession of powers done by monarchs.
|Name||Picture||Info||Steward of||Succession right|
|Zuzu||Originally an inhabitant of the Pride Lands and steward to King Ahadi. Retired.||Ahadi||Appointed by Ahadi|
|Zazu||Zazu is the son of Zuzu. He serves as the steward to both King Mufasa and King Simba.||Mufasa, Scar, and Simba||Son of Zuzu|