"though the Privy Council urges her to see the danger"
Queen Victoria's Privy Council
Public DomainQueen Victoria's Privy Council - Credit: wikimedia commons

The Privy Council advises a head of state. In Elizabethan times it would have comprised the Queen's most trusted friends and advisors.

‘Privy’ means ‘pertaining to a person’ or ‘private’, as the council is personal and private to the Sovereign.