Privy council


Privy council

A privy council is a body that advises the head of state of a nation on how to exercise their executive authority, 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 affairs of state.

In non-monarchical nations, the equivalent body is the "cabinet", although in some nations the cabinet is a committee of the privy council.

Privy councils

Functioning ones

*: Federal Executive Council of Australia
*: Privy Council of Brunei
*: Queen's Privy Council for Canada
** Privy Council Office (Canada)
** Executive councils of the provinces and territories
*: Danish Council of State
*: Executive Council
*: Executive Council of New Zealand
*: Privy Council of Tonga
*: Privy Council (Thailand)
*: Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
** Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

Former ones

*: Conseil du Roi (abolished 1799)
* Germany: Geheimrat (abolished 1918)
* Ireland: Privy Council of Ireland (abolished 1922)
*: Privy Council of Japan (abolished 1947)
* Northern Ireland: Privy Council of Northern Ireland (made dormant 1972)
*: Supreme Privy Council (abolished 1730)
*: Privy Council of Scotland (abolished 1707)
*: Privy Council of Sweden (abolished 1974)

ee also

* Council of State
* Crown Council
* State Council


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