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prior

1. the superior of a house and community in certain religious orders
2. the deputy head of a monastery or abbey, ranking immediately below the abbot
3. (formerly) a chief magistrate in medieval Florence and other Italian republics

Prior

Matthew. 1664--1721, English poet and diplomat, noted for his epigrammatic occasional verse

Prior

 

(1) A superior of a small Catholic monastery.

(2) The official second in rank after the grand master in various religious orders of knights.

(3) In the medieval communes of central Italy, the head of a guild, who was usually a member of the commune’s administration (priorate).

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The cadets work towards the Grand Prior Award, which teaches life skills such as communication and team work in a fun and safe environment.
I'm so proud I've managed to complete the Grand Prior Award and the visit to the palace has been an exciting way to celebrate.
Pictured above: Rachael Trowton (left), Warwickshire Cadet of the Year and Shannon Griffin Grand Prior Cadet.
Kyle added: "I'm really pleased to have got my Grand Prior award.
Sian will attend the ceremony with fellow cadets Nicola Smith, aged 16, from Atherstone, north Warwickshire, and Kieran Brewer, aged 15, from Evesham, who will both be presented with the St John Ambulance Grand Prior Award, the highest recognition of achievement a cadet can attain.
The Duke of Gloucester, the Grand Prior of St John, together with the Duchess of Gloucester, will attend a civic dinner in Cardiff Castle on Thursday.
The seven have achieved the prestigious Grand Prior Award, designed to encourage young people to take an interest in a wide range of subjects to broaden their experience and make them good citizens.
A spokesman for St John Ambulance said: "The Grand Prior Award is highly prized by those who gain it.
He received the organisation's prestigious Grand Prior Award, the highest recognition of achievement a cadet can attain.
Earlier this year Dylan, a pupil at Amman Valley Comprehensive, met Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace to receive his Grand Priors award - the highest accolade for a St John cadet.
Earlier this year, Dylan met Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace to receive his Grand Priors award, the highest accolade for a St John cadet.

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