Posted on August 21, 2015
Born on this date in 1963, Mohammed VI became king when his father died, on July 23, 1999. The nation of Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament, but the king has a lot of power, especially as regards to the military, foreign policy, and religious matters.
Mohammed VI was raised and educated to be king, starting a special school at the Royal Palace at age 4. He speaks Arabic, English, Spanish, and French, and he has earned a PhD in law – with distinction – from a French university.
He had a lot of opportunities and comforts because he was the Crown Prince and is now the King, but please note also that Mohammed VI has never had the freedom to choose what to study or work at, no freedom to choose what and who to be...
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This nation is in northern Africa. It has rugged mountains and desert, but it also has coastlines on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea! Because it is so close to Spain (by water) and separated from some of its African nations by all those mountains and deserts, Morocco is pretty unique in its culture – it is very much a diverse culture that is a blend of Arab, Berber (the native people), Sub-Saharan African, and European. It has two official languages – Arab and Berber and one “recognized national language” – French – as well as some local dialects.
Here are some photos that show some of the cultural diversity found in Morocco:
Speaking of diversity, check out these diverse landscapes:
- Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa
- Atlantic Coast, looking pretty arid!
- The lusher Mediterranean Coast
- Tangier, opposite Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean
- The Sahara Desert, looking as gorgeous as any desert I've ever seen!
- The High Atlas Mountains
- Rabat, the capital city
- An intense mountain road!
- Casablanca, the largest city and main port
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