The number of recipients continued to track the monarch's age

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The number of recipients continued to track the monarch's age

Post  jukido on Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:46 pm

The number of recipients continued to track the monarch's age. Until the joint reign of William and Mary, the recipients were of the same sex as the monarch. During that reign, each of the monarchs made gifts to poor people of their sex, but after the death of Mary, only men received gifts from King William. Beginning with the reign of George I (1714–1727), both men and women have received gifts, each sex in a number corresponding to the monarch's age, each recipient receiving that number of pence.[23] Despite the monarch's absence, the ceremony was held each year, with the Lord High Almoner or the Sub-Almoner deputising for the sovereign.[24]

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