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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 affairs of state.
Functioning privy councils
Non-functioning privy council
Former privy councils
- ^ Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - História, ciências, saúde--Manguinhos, 1996. Online:  (Portuguese)