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In a Nutshell

The monarchy’s top advisory board has a long history and still meets every month

IN A NUTSHELL: THE PRIVY COUNCIL

ALL EARS The Witena emot surrounds an Anglo-Saxon king

What is a privy council?

Historically, in the UK, the Privy Council is a formal body of advisers to the British sovereign who guide the monarch on the exercise of their royal duties. Members are appointed by the monarch; today, it is mainly comprised of senior politicians, while the archbishops of York and Canterbury and the Bishop of London become members automatically upon their appointments.

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This might well be our most-packed issue ever, and we’ve got pretty much every time and place imaginable covered. Our section in the centre pages looks at those archaeological discoveries that make our understanding of the past possible – from buried kings to mysterious writings.