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Grand Prior of England and President of the British Association of the Order lead prayers marking the passing of The Queen

The Grand Prior of England, Fra’Max Rumney, was today installed as the 58th Grand Prior. Following the historic ceremony, learning of the news of the death of our beloved Queen, together with the President of the British Association, Lady Celestria Hales, they led the members and friends of the Order in prayer for Her Majesty and her family. R.I.P.

Photo credit: Her Majesty, Commonwealth Day message, New Zealand, 2011. Wikicommons

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