Thursday, 30 August 2007

Vice Regent

Q: Can anyone explain to me in clear terms the difference between a regent and a vice-regent?

A: A regent occupies a throne that would otherwise be vacant, holding the monarchy in trust--for an underage or otherwise unfit ruler, or through an interregnum.

A vicegerent is the agent or lieutenant of an extant ruler, functioning e. g. as the governor of a territory or as a plenipotentiary ambassador.

In short, I would say that a regent is a substitute while a vicegerent is a deputy.

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