14 Of The Youngest Kings In History

Depending on the monarchy, becoming king can happen in one of several ways. Some kings earn their place on the throne through military conquest, while others are born into the role. Still others are placed into a position of power by groups of supporters who prefer them to the current king.

A new king may be a willing participant or - as is the case with these young monarchs - end up wearing a crown that is much too big for them, and before they even know what it is. Many of the youngest kings in history became rulers while they were, as the saying goes, still in diapers. At least one was a king before he was even born. Here are the youngest kings in history who climbed on the throne, but likely needed a boost to get there.