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Privy Council: The Strange Rituals Of The Body Supposedly 'Snubbed' By Jeremy Corbyn

12/10/2015 16:18 BST | Updated 12/10/2015 16:59 BST

Britain's Privy Council has been in the news this month after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was accused of 'snubbing' The Queen at a meeting when he could have been sworn into the ancient body.

As Corbyn's aides pointed out, many other MPs have also waited some time to be formally sworn in before joining the council.

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But the headlines have thrown light on the council: a group of advisors appointed by the monarch.

Though they tent to be mainly honorary positions today, the Privy Council maintains some of its historic importance as a trusted group to support the king or queen - with special privileges and a role in key elements of our national life like Bank Holidays and going to war.

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