A GROUP of Trinity scholars have rebelled against 400-year-old tradition, refusing to stand for prayers and salute British royalty at the daily meal in the University's dining hall.
The Trinity students became scholars after passing a special exam in the second year of their courses, earning them coveted awards of five years' free education, complementary accommodation and a three-course meal every weekday.
"Most of the scholars are adamant not to be seen as disrespectful but they want to be given the choice whether to say the Latin prayers at the meal," explained Elaine McCahill, editor of Trinity News.
The prayers go back to 1627 and anyone attending the meals must say thanks to the "most serene ones", including Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I.
Ms McCahill said: "Some dislike the link to colonialism and others dislike the link between education and religion."
In the last three weeks a faction of around 10 scholars stayed seated during the Latin prayers which take place before and after the three-course meal.
The scholars were called to a meeting with the university's Junior Dean, but they were not sanctioned.