UK Daily Mail: Freemasons open a Royal lodge

Daily Mail
08.03.2008
By SARAH OLIVER

A branch of the Freemasons secret society is being formed by members of the Royal Household and police who protect the Royal Family.

And their decision to call it The Royal Household Lodge has put them on a collision course with Buckingham Palace – as has their plan to co-opt the royal cipher – EIIR – for their regalia, to underline their connection to the Queen.

Although the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, is head of the secretive organisation – he is Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England…

[The Palace] it is determined to stop it adopting its chosen name and block it from hijacking the Queen’s EIIR.

… the new lodge’s proposed name is the last thing the Palace needs at a time when it is trying to be seen as more modern and open.

… the fraternity famed for bizarre initiation rites, mystical regalia and mysterious codes of conduct.

… it is a men-only organisation.

Non-members in Royal service are said to be fearful they will be overlooked for prestigious promotions and left unsupported in any below-stairs clashes.

Masons are widely believed to further the business and professional interests of brother Masons, although they would deny this…

The lodge will be open to all members of the Royal Household, from armed police protection officers to…

It will also recruit staff in other Royal residences including Windsor Castle, Clarence House and St James’s Palace.

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