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.

Privy councils[edit]

Functioning privy councils[edit]

Former or dormant privy councils[edit]

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  1. ^ Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - História, ciências, saúde--Manguinhos, 1996. Online: [1] (Portuguese)