Monarchy Law and Legal Definition
Monarchy is a form of rule in which there is a single head of state, a monarch, with the title of King, Queen or similar titleholder. The head of state usually inherits the title through rules of descendency as a member of a specific royal family and holds his or her office for life. The monarch is often believed to have a religious or similar symbolic significance for the state and its institutions that legitimate his or her privileges.
A monarch who exercises full or nearly full and executive, legislative and judicial powers unrestricted by constitutional or legal restrictions is often referred to as an "absolute monarchy." When the powers of the monarch are effectively limited and restricted by law to respect the liberties and needs of the people and curb oppression through taxation and other means, the system is normally referred to as "constitutional monarchy.