What is monarch?

  • (noun): A nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right.
    Synonyms: sovereign, crowned head
    See also — Additional definitions below


A monarch is the person at the head of a monarchy. This is a form of government in which a state or polity is ruled or controlled by an individual who typically inherits the throne by birth and rules for life or until abdication. Monarchs may be autocrats (absolute monarchy) or ceremonial heads of state who exercise little or no power or only reserve power, with actual authority vested in a parliament or other body (constitutional monarchy).

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... or Rama VII (8 November 1893 – 30 May 1941) was the seventh monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri ... He was the last absolute monarch and the first constitutional monarch of the country ... Also he was the only Siamese monarch to abdicate ...
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    There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    The Westerly Wind asserting his sway from the south-west quarter is often like a monarch gone mad, driving forth with wild imprecations the most faithful of his courtiers to shipwreck, disaster, and death.
    Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)

    The quality of mercy is not strained.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
    ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes
    The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)