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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Monarchism is the advocacy of the establishment, preservation, or restoration of a monarchy as a form of government in a nation. A monarchist is an individual who supports this form of government out of principle, independent from the person, the Monarch.

In this system, the Monarch may be the person who sits on the throne, a pretender, or someone who would otherwise inhabit the throne but has been deposed. Any person who claims the throne from which an ancestor has been deposed is known as a pretender. Actually, although the father of Bonnie Prince Charlie was famously known as The Old Pretender in 1715, the term Pretender is not in vogue for a modern, legitimate claimant. In modern times, use of the term Pretender implies that there is some question of a claimant's legitimacy. For the unquestioned head of a legitimate royal house that has been deposed, the term Claimant is nowadays preferred.

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