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A hereditary monarchy is the most common style of monarchy and is the form that is used by almost all of the world's existing monarchies.
For example, when the king or queen of a hereditary monarchy dies, the crown is usually passed to his or her eldest child. When that child dies it is in turn passed to his or her eldest child, or (if no child exists) a brother, cousin, or other relative. Hereditary monarchies sometimes arrange succession by primogeniture.
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