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Old 12-22-2015, 06:09 AM
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Thank you for the link, saved it and will be reviewing it later when I wake-up...

And the hostage thing, is it still done today? Darn how does Parliament feel about that and how do they pick the hostage and where is the hostage kept? Maybe in the dungeon with only bread and no water, just where they belong HM takes a hostage....that is so funny and unbelievable.

Any more of those traditions for now I am learning alot here, so far it is:
1) Picking the sheriff with needles whose names are on a piece of paper
2) Taking a member of Parliament hostage when HM gives the State of Union speech in Parliament

I so love these traditions for to me it keeps the history and heritage alive as they way it should be.

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Old 12-22-2015, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Curryong View Post
I know that when it comes time for High Sheriffs of counties in Britain to be chosen (nowadays it's a ceremonial role) Queen Elizabeth pricks out the names with a bodkin during a Privy Council meeting. That tradition dates from Elizabeth I, who was sitting embroidering when she was first asked to choose the names and used a bodkin to do so.
I thought a bodkin is an (armour-piercing) arrow. I didn't know it had other meanings as well.

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Due to a decree by King Charles II of England, at least six ravens must be kept at the Tower of London. Charles II had considered doing away with the ravens of the Tower.

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