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 affairs of state.
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... Until 1707, The Privy Council met in what is now the West Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh ... By the early modern era the Privy Council was a full-time body and critical to the smooth running of government ... Although the theoretical membership of the council was relatively large, at around thirty persons, most of the business was carried out by an informal inner group consisting mainly of ...
... a warrant had been issued for Cameron's arrest, but he persuaded the Privy Council to defer it for a few weeks, allowing him to return home to Lochaber ... the Commission of Fire and Sword into abeyance until the Privy Council had decided what to do ... Both Cameron and Mackintosh appeared before the Privy Council and agreed to be bound by its decision ...
... Muthu Ramalinga Sethupathy (Ramanad case) Privy Council held that where the husband's family is undivided, the father of the widow's deceased husband (if living), or at least the surviving brothers ... existed the property goes to the mother after the father's death Lordships of the Privy Council held that where there is no expressed prohibition women are considered to be independent They did not ...
... 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) Burma ...
... This is a list of Members of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom who were born, live or lived in Northern Ireland ... to be confused with the now redundant Privy Council of Northern Ireland ...
Famous quotes containing the words council and/or privy:
“Daughter to that good Earl, once President
Of Englands Council and her Treasury,
Who lived in both, unstaind with gold or fee,
And left them both, more in himself content.
Till the sad breaking of that Parliament
Broke him, as that dishonest victory
At Chaeronea, fatal to liberty,
Killd with report that old man eloquent;”
—John Milton (16081674)
“Before me you are a slug in the sun. You are privy to a great becoming and you recognize nothing. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is in your nature to do one thing correctly: tremble.”
—Michael Mann, U.S. screenwriter. Frances Dollarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy (Tom Noonan)