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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} A monarch is the sovereign head of state<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> in a monarchy.<ref name="webster">Webster's II New College Dictionary. Monarch. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. 2001. p. 707. ISBN 0-395-96214-5</ref> A monarch may exercise the most and highest authority in the state or others may wield that power on behalf of the monarch. Typically a monarch either personally inherits the lawful right to exercise the state's sovereign rights (often referred to as the throne or the crown) or is selected by an established process from a family or cohort eligible to provide the nation's monarch. Alternatively, an individual may become monarch by conquest, acclamation or a combination of means. A monarch usually reigns for life or until abdication. If a young child is crowned the monarch, a Regent is often appointed to govern until the monarch reaches the requisite adult age to rule. Monarchs' actual powers vary from one monarchy to another and in different eras; on one extreme, they may be autocrats (absolute monarchy) wielding genuine sovereignty; on the other they may be ceremonial heads of state who exercise little or no power or only reserve powers, with actual authority vested in a parliament or other body (constitutional monarchy).

Monarch sections
Intro  Characteristics  Classification   Succession   History  Titles and precedence in Europe  Titles outside modern Europe   Current monarchs   Use of titles by non-sovereigns  See also  References  External links  

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