(In the UK) a temporary regent during a sovereign’s absence.
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- Shortly after her eighteenth birthday in 1944, Princess Elizabeth was appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's absence on a tour of the Italian battlefields and for the first time, carried out some of the duties of Head of State.
- Fourcroy became a friend of Napoleon; Napoleon even appointed him a Counsellor of State and a Count of the Empire.
- On special occasions, the Counsellors of State act on behalf of the Sovereign.