The Info List - Privy Council

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A privy council is a body that advises the head of state of a nation, typically, but not always, in the context of a monarchic government. The word "privy" means "private" or "secret"; thus, a privy council was originally a committee of the monarch's closest advisors to give confidential advice on state affairs.


1 Privy councils

1.1 Functioning privy councils 1.2 Former or dormant privy councils

2 See also 3 References

Privy councils[edit] Functioning privy councils[edit]

 Belgium: Crown Council of Belgium  Bhutan: Privy Council of Bhutan  Brunei: Privy Council of Brunei  Canada: Queen's Privy Council for Canada  Cambodia: Supreme Privy Council of His Majesty the King of Cambodia  Denmark: Danish Council of State  Jamaica: Privy Council of Jamaica  Norway: Norwegian Council of State  Netherlands: Dutch Council of State  Thailand: Privy Council of Thailand  Tonga: Privy Council of Tonga  United Kingdom: Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council

Cabinet Committee
of the Privy Council; the Cabinet of the United Kingdom Judicial Committee
of the Privy Council Privy Council Office

Former or dormant privy councils[edit]

Austrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Geheimrat  Brazil: His Imperial Majesty's Council (honorific title, some members were part of the Council of Ministers or the Council of State, abolished by a coup in 1889)[1]  Burma: Byedaik (abolished 1885)  China: Grand Council (abolished 1898)  England: Privy Council of England
(in 1707 merged into the Privy Council of Great Britain)[2][3]  Ethiopia: Crown Council of Ethiopia
(abolished 1974, revived in pretence 1987)  France: Conseil du Roi (abolished 1799 and replaced by the Conseil d'État)  Germany: Geheimrat (abolished 1918 and replaced with the State Council 1919-1933, and the Federal Council from 1949)  Greece: Council of State, initially established as a Privy council by King Otto in 1835
(abolished in 1865, re-established in 1929
as the senior administrative court of Greece. Hanover: Privy Council of Hanover (abolished 1866)  Kingdom of Hawaii: ( Kingdom of Hawaii
Kingdom of Hawaii
overthrown 1893)   Kingdom of Ireland
Kingdom of Ireland
(and later United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland): Privy Council of Ireland (retained following the coming into effect of the Act of Union 1800, but dormant from 1922)  Japan: Privy Council of Japan
(abolished 1947)  Laos: King's Council (Laos)
King's Council (Laos)
(monarchy abolished 1975)  Northern Ireland: Privy Council of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(made dormant 1972)  Portugal: His Most Faithful Majesty's Council (monarchy abolished in 1910)  Russia: Supreme Privy Council (abolished 1730)  Scotland: Privy Council of Scotland
(abolished on 1 May 1708, replaced by the Privy Council of Great Britain)[2][3][4]  Sweden: Privy Council of Sweden
(abolished 1789)  Thailand: Supreme Council of State of Siam (abolished 1932) Yugoslavia: Privy Council of Yugoslavia (abolished 1945, revived in pretence 1990 and replaced by the Privy Council of Serbia in 2006)

See also[edit]

Brussels Privy Council Council of State Crown Council Executive Council (Commonwealth countries) Privy Council ministry State Council


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