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Melania 02-05-2006 09:43 PM

The Difference Between Regent and Monarch?
Just a little curious and wondering if anyone could help me? Thanks if you know. :)

Australian 02-05-2006 10:21 PM

A regent is someone who rules during the minority, absence, or disability
of a monarch. One acting as a ruler or governor.

and a monarch is one who reigns over a state or territory,
usually for life and by hereditary right, especially: A sole and absolute

so basically, a Regent is only when someone fills in for the monarch for a certain amount of time, it is a temporary thing.
hope this helps :)

Von Schlesian 02-05-2006 11:36 PM

Correct Australian. In past practice: a regent rules/reigns as Monarch in all but name, signing bills to make them law, appoint ministers, declare war etc etc.
Famous regents are HRH The Prince George Prince of Wales (later HM King George IV), who was Regent twice during the reign of his father HM King George III, and
HIM The Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi, regent during the rule of the last Emperor of China.

Melisende 04-30-2010 07:05 AM

Regents are not necessarily royalty themselves. They can be members of the ruling family, the nobility, part of a governmental group of councillors. Many regents are elected to the position or named in wills. Then there are those who take it upon themselves to "assume" the role.

mrsbugman 04-30-2010 10:11 AM

Isn't it just until the monarch comes of age?

Stefan 04-30-2010 10:17 AM


Originally Posted by mrsbugman (Post 1075628)
Isn't it just until the monarch comes of age?

Not always for example King George IV. oif Great Britain was 10 years Regent for his father because of his fathers illness. And Prince Luitpold of Bavaria was 26 years Regent for his nephew King Otto who was insane.

Lumutqueen 04-30-2010 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by mrsbugman (Post 1075628)
Isn't it just until the monarch comes of age?

A regent, from the Latin regens "that who reigns", is a person selected to act as head of state (ruling or not) because the ruler is a minor, not present, or debilitated.

Prince Frederik of Denmark sometimes acts as regent for his mother when she is out of the country.

A Monarch is the person who heads a monarchy, a form of government in which a country or entity is usually ruled or controlled by an individual who normally rules for life or until abdication.

cmkrcwi 04-30-2010 10:48 PM

Queen Emma of the Netherlands served as Regent for her daughter Wilhelmina who became Queen when she was only 10.

Queen Maria Cristina of Spain served as Regent for her son Alfonso XIII who was born after the death of his father.

Next Star 05-03-2010 10:20 PM

Prince Albert II of Monaco when he was heir to the throne was an regent through his father illness until he passed.
Prince Alois of Liechtenstein who is the heir to the throne has been acting as regent since 2002 or 2003 even though
his father is still the monarch. Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom is the monarch and has been reigning since 1952.

AustinTexas1961 01-01-2012 02:02 PM

Does anyone recall instances of a "vicegerent?" I imagine it means the "right hand" of a regent.

NGalitzine 01-01-2012 02:26 PM

Governors General are refered to as viceregal, acting on behalf of the monarch, so I suppose it could be considered that their position is vice-regent representing the monarch in their respective nations.

Curryong 10-08-2016 11:19 PM

I believe quite a few restrictions were placed on the future King George IV's regency, primarily because he had proved himself such a liar over the years. Neither side of politics trusted him. He had told untruths to the Whig leader Charles James Fox to his face, regarding his marital status among other things. However, the Government didn't put a Regency (advisory) Council in place in 1812 because they probably felt the King might recover or die within a number of years (no-one expected the lifespan he achieved) and the Prince Regent would become the Sovereign anyway in the fullness of time, so there wasn't much point.

King George III's insanity aside, I think, quite obviously, most regencies throughout history have occurred when the monarch has been too young to rule on his/her own account. Cases where the King/Queen became too senile to rule because of old age are pretty non-existent due to life expectancy in centuries past. Interestingly, in Britain the first Regency Act was to give Queen Caroline regency powers in 1728 because her husband King George II was embarking on a long visit to Hanover, his other kingdom.

Duc_et_Pair 10-09-2016 01:29 AM

In the Netherlands there is a Regency Act, each time the Prince (Princess) of Orange is a minor. This Act goes far: it also regulates the income of the possible Regent and the funding of the costs of the regency (staffing, accomodation, transportation, representation, etc.). In said Regency Act also a Board of Trustees is mentioned, including their financial funding. The Board can step on the brakes when the Regent acts against the interests of the monarch. For an example: the Regent wants to sell properties, the Regent wants to take the monarch out of the country, the choices the Regent makes about education, medical treatment, security, whatever.

An Ard Ri 10-09-2016 05:55 AM

France has a long tradition of Female Regents,more often the kings wife or mother was appointed,once it fell into the hands of the kings sister.

Anne of Kiev (1060–1067), during the minority of her son Philip I.

Adθle of Champagne (1190–1191), during the absence of her son Philip II on the Third Crusade.

Blanche of Castile (1226–1234), during the minority of her son Louis IX.

Blanche of Castile (1248–1252) , during the absence of her son Louis IX on the Seventh Crusade.

Isabella of Bavaria (1417–1420) for her husband,Charles VI

Anne de France,Duchess of Bourbon (1483–1492), during the minority of her brother, Charles VIII.

Louise of Savoy (1515–1516), during the absence of her son, Francis I, in Italy.
Louise of Savoy (1523–1526), during the absence at war in Italy, and then the captivity, of her son, Francis I

Catherine de Medicis
(1552) While her husband Henri II left the kingdom for the campaign of Metz.

Catherine de Medicis

(1559–1563) During the minorities of her sons,Francis II & Charles IX.

Catherine de Medicis
(1574) During the absence of her third son, Henry III, in Poland

Marie de Medici (1610–1614), during the minority of her son, Louis XIII

Anne of Austria (1643–1651), during the minority of Louis XIV

Mbruno 10-09-2016 07:06 AM

A monarch is a (normally) hereditary Head of State who serves for life upon his/her accession unless he/she abdicates or is removed from office before that. A country where the Head of State is a monarch is called a monarchy.

A regent, on the other hand, is a person who serves as the interim acting Head of State of a monarchy when the monarch is absent or incapacitated, or when the monarch is underage (nowadays usually under 18). Different countries have different rules to choose a regent when necessary. Sometimes, especially in the case of underage monarchs, the regent is the monarch's surviving parent, but it may be also sometimes the first person in the line of succession to the throne who is 18 or older and is not absent or incapacitated, or someone else chosen by the legislature (not necessarily a member of the royal family in that case).

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