Princess Anne attends historic ceremony from middle ages – 'Never become just a symbol'

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Princess Anne attends historic ceremony from middle ages – 'Never become just a symbol'

The royal attended the historic Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues event on Monday which featured the ship's company of HMS Albion. Other notable att

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The royal attended the historic Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues event on Monday which featured the ship’s company of HMS Albion. Other notable attendees included Defence Secretary Ben Wallace along with Lord Houghton, Constable of the Tower of London.

The ceremony, dating back to the middle ages, requires ships which pass through London to pay dues, and in most cases ship companies present a barrel of wine.

The ceremony begins with a ship’s captain ordering his men to the outer gate of the Tower.

Upon reaching the tower the captain bestows a barrel of wine to the Beefeaters, who bring the captain and the crew to the Constable of the Tower.

Then the barrel of alcohol is brought to the Queen.

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“The Constable’s Dues has never become just a symbolic ceremony. Once delivered to the Queen’s House the barrel is opened and the wine enjoyed.”

The Royal Family announced that Princess Anne attended the event on their Twitter page.

The tweet wrote: “The Princess Royal has attended the Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues at the @TowerOfLondon.

“When a @RoyalNavy vessel sails through London, it is tradition to present the Constable with a barrel of wine – the “dues”.

“HRH is Sponsor of @hms_albion, who arrived today!”



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