is the period of a person's or dynasty
's occupation of the office of monarch
of a nation (e.g., Saudi Arabia
), of a people (e.g., the Franks
, the Zulus
) or of a spiritual community (e.g., Roman Catholicism
, Tibetan Buddhism
, Nizari Ismailism
In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies (e.g., Holy Roman Empire
) there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency
, nor is there a term of office
. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed.
In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office (e.g., Malaysia).
The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." (for Latin rexit) after a sovereign's name, such as the following:
Notable reigns have included the following.
A reign can be ended in three ways:
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