Top 5 interesting customs of the English monarchy

As we know, traditions and customs can tell a lot about the country in which they were formed. We can say that they provide integrity of the national image. Today you can learn a little more about the customs of the English monarchy, which may seem even a little strange.

1. Crows in London Tower

At least six ravens must live in London Tower. The beginning of this tradition was begun by Charles II (1630-1685), who issued a special decree according to which crows should be guarded with special care. But not for any strategic reasons. Just because the prediction was made to the king: "If the crows disappear, the crown will fall, and England with it". Since then, crows in Tower are officially listed among the nation's soldiers and, like them, can be removed from service for improper conduct. And they will not ever leave Tower, because they regularly have their wings cut.

2. "Piercing" the new heads of departments

This means that each head of the department (county) is elected during the "piercing" ceremony. The Queen literally pierces the names of those are present on the list with a large needle. The tradition goes back to Elizabeth I, who once had to sign the list of candidates for the position, but was in the process of embroidering and did not have ink, only a needle.

3. Key ceremony

Despite the reliability of modern security equipment, for more than 700 years - every day without exception - a traditional ceremony is held, the purpose of which is to make sure that the gate is locked for the night and the fortress is well protected from unwanted guests. The ceremony is held every evening, at the end of the ninth hour: One of Yeomen Warders, accompanied by a military convoy, checks the Tower, making sure that all the gates are locked. It is interesting that during the Second World War the ceremony was once interrupted by the enemy`s bomb, as a result of which the main Yeomen Warder was knocked down. There is the letter of the captain of the guard to King George VI, in which he asks for forgiveness for the delay in the ceremony, as well as the king's reply, telling not to punish the officer, because the enemy's actions were the cause of the delay.

4. Hostage at the opening ceremony of parliament

The official opening of the parliament is one of the most dazzling spectacles that the British monarchy can boast of. Before the queen comes at the ceremony, the royal court traditionally takes a member of parliament as a hostage, which must guarantee the safe arrival of Her Majesty. This tradition goes back to the days when the monarch and parliament did not get on very well and to ensure the safety of the sovereign within the walls of the parliament, the royal court insisted on taking the hostage. The hostage is usually the parliamentary organizer, who is taken to Buckingham Palace for the entire ceremony.

5. Change of the name of the king or queen

Did you know that one day Charles can call himself George, Albert or Edward? This right of choice belongs to every king or queen. Before her reign, Queen Victoria was called Princess Alexandrina of Kent, and King George VI was named Albert.

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