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What is the Royal Maundy?

The Royal Maundy is a religious service in the Church of England which is held on the day before Good Friday. The British monarch ceremonially distributes silver coins known as Maundy Money as alms. The ceremony originated from the Last Supper when Jesus Christ instructed his followers to love one another. From the Middle Ages, [read more]

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Queen Elizabeth II surpasses Emperor Franz Joseph I to become fifth longest-reigning monarch in history

Queen Elizabeth II has reached yet another milestone. Just last year, she surpassed Eleanor of Aquitaine, who ruled the Duchy of Aquitaine in her own right, as longest-reigning female ruler. In 2015, she surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning British monarch. Now, she has surpassed Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria to [read more]