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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Royal Peculiar

Royal Peculiar (or Royal Peculier) is a place of worship that falls directly under the jurisdiction of the British monarch, rather than under a bishop. The concept dates from Anglo-Saxon times, when a church could ally itself with the monarch and therefore not be subject to the bishop of the area. Later it reflected the relationship between the Norman and Plantagenet kings and the English church. Unlike many of the ecclesiastical foundations of the medieval period the royal peculiars were not abolished in the English Reformation effected under the Tudors.

The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster commonly known as Westminster Abbey, and containing Henry VII's chapel which is the chapel of the Order of the Bath.
St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, the chapel of the Order of the Garter.
Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor (in the grounds of the Royal Lodge)
The chapels associated with the Chapel Royal, which refers not to a building but to an establishment in the Royal Household; a body of priests and singers to explicitly serve the spiritual needs of the sovereign
The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace
The Queen's Chapel, St James's Palace
The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court
The Chapel of St John the Evangelist in the Tower of London
The Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London

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