A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Belgium) or of a people (e.g. KwaZulu-Natal). In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies (e.g. Holy Roman Empire) there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed.
In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office (e.g. Malaysia).
The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." after a sovereign's name, such as the following:
- George VI, King of the United Kingdom (r. 1936–1952)
Other articles related to "reign":
... Haakon employed an active and aggressive foreign policy towards strengthening Norwegian ties in the west ... His policy relied on friendship and trade with the English king the first known Norwegian trade agreements were made with England in the years 1217–23 (England's first commercial treaties were also made with Norway), and the friendship with Henry III of England was a cornerstone in Haakon's foreign policy ...
... The coins of this reign weighed 41.7–41.8 grams ... and sixpence by the start of George's reign ... The regnal years for this reign are 1716 SECVNDO 1717 TERTIO 1720 SEXTO 1726 DECIMO TERTIO ...
... His reign lasted for 46 years, longer than any Norwegian king before him ... born into the troubled civil war era in Norway, but his reign eventually managed to put an end to the internal conflicts ... At the start of his reign, during his minority, his later rival Earl Skule Bårdsson served as regent ...
... King Humbert II of Italy reigned for only a few weeks in 1946 before the abolition of the Italian Monarchy ... Tsar Nicholas II of Russia reigned from 1894 to 1917 during the Russian Revolution when he was forced to abdicate and the Russian Empire was overthrown. ...
... Roettier continued to design the dies for this denomination in the reign of King James II ... In this reign, the weight of the coins varied between 41.5 and 42.0 grams ... The kings' head faces left in this reign, and is surrounded by the inscription, while the obverse is the same as in Charles II's reign except for omitting the interlinked ...
Famous quotes containing the word reign:
“Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”
—John Milton (16081674)
“Their Cause was genral, their Supports were strong,
Their Slaves were willing, and their Reign was long;”
—Samuel Johnson (17091784)
“We may be witnesses to a Biblical prophecy come true. And there shall be destruction and darkness come upon creation, and the beasts shall reign over the earth.”
—Ted Sherdeman. Gordon Douglas. Dr. Medford (Edmund Gwenn)