Royal Almonry

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The Royal Almonry is a small office within the Royal Households of the United Kingdom, headed by the Lord High Almoner, an office dating from 1103. The almoner is responsible for distributing alms to the poor.

The Lord High Almoner is usually a diocesan bishop or high cleric of the Church of England. The current holder of the office is the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend John Inge.[1] There is also an hereditary Grand Almoner, an office dating from 1685 and vested in the person of the Marquess of Exeter, but this is not an office of the Royal Almonry and he has no role to play. The actual work of the office is undertaken by the Sub-Almoner, who is also the Deputy Clerk of the Closet of the Ecclesiastical Household, Sub-dean of the Chapel Royal, and Domestic Chaplain at Buckingham Palace.

There are in addition a Secretary, and Assistant Secretary, both offices of which are shared with other Royal Household appointments. There are also half a dozen wandsmen.

The Almonry is responsible to the Keeper of the Privy Purse for the arrangements for the annual Maundy service.

Lord High Almoners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 60427. p. 3313. 20 February 2013.
  2. ^ Starkey, D (2008) Henry: Virtuous Prince, page 365
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 5638. p. 2. 29 April 1718.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 6214. p. 1. 5 November 1723.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20797. p. 4255. 23 November 1847.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23620. p. 2787. 31 May 1870.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25168. p. 5106. 17 November 1882.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27914. p. 3464. 18 May 1906.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33978. p. 6011. 15 September 1933.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 37516. p. 1583. 29 March 1946.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39798. p. 1443. 13 March 1953.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 45208. p. 10989. 8 October 1970.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 513880. p. 7207. 22 June 1988.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54807. p. 6967. 16 June 1997.