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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.
Functioning privy councils
Former or dormant privy councils
|Empire of 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)|
|Konbaung dynasty||Byedaik||(abolished 1885)|
|Qing dynasty||Grand Council||(abolished 1898)|
|Kingdom of England||Privy Council of England||(replaced by the Privy Council of Great Britain on 1 May 1708)|
|Ethiopian Empire||Crown Council of Ethiopia||(abolished 1974, revived in pretence 1987)|
|Kingdom of France||Conseil du Roi||(abolished 1799 and replaced by the Conseil d'État)|
|German Empire||Geheimrat||(abolished 1918 and replaced with the State Council 1919–1933, and the Federal Council from 1949)|
|Kingdom of 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))|
|Electorate of Hanover||Privy Council of Hanover||(abolished 1866)|
|Kingdom of Hawaiʻi||Privy Council of the Hawaiian Kingdom||(abolished after the Kingdom of Hawai'i was overthrown 1893)|
|Kingdom of Ireland||Privy Council of Ireland||(retained following the coming into effect of the Act of Union 1800, but dormant from 1922)|
|Empire of Japan||Privy Council of Japan||(abolished 1947)|
|Kingdom of Laos||King's Council||(abolished 1975)|
|Kingdom of Nepal||Rajsabha||(monarchy abolished on 28 May 2008)|
|Northern Ireland||Privy Council of Northern Ireland||(made dormant 1972)|
|Kingdom of Portugal||His Most Faithful Majesty's Council||(monarchy abolished in 1910)|
|Russian Empire||Supreme Privy Council||(abolished 1730)|
|Electorate of Saxony||Privy Council of Saxony||established in 1697 to administer jurisdiction over Lutheran institutions on behalf of the Elector who had converted to Catholicism|
|Kingdom of Scotland||Privy Council of Scotland||(abolished on 1 May 1708, replaced by the Privy Council of Great Britain)|
|Sweden||Privy Council of Sweden||(abolished 1789)|
|Thailand||Supreme Council of State of Siam||(abolished 1932)|
|Kingdom of Yugoslavia||Privy Council of Yugoslavia||(abolished 1945, revived in pretence 1990 and replaced by the Privy Council of Serbia in 2006)|
- Brussels Privy Council
- Council of State
- Crown Council
- Executive Council (Commonwealth countries)
- Privy Council ministry
- State Council
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