Explanation

  • The Royal W: Dine and Sleep

    by - Nov 24, 2014
    On occasion, perhaps two or three times a year during their residency at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty issues what are known as ‘dine and sleep’ invitations. The guests might include the current Prime Minister, government members,...
  • The Royal Household: Page of the Chambers

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    The Page of the Chambers is accountable for the arrangement of the State rooms as well as staging the ceremonial aspects of functions such as the Queen’s daily receptions, audiences, appointments and investitures. The Page is...
  • Think a republic would be cheaper than Monarchy? Think again!

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    It has long been the contention of those who would abolish the Monarchy that one of the virtues of a republican system is that republics are, in some way, axiomatically cheaper than the system of constitutional monarchy. On the...
  • The Royal Household: Pages of the Presence

    by - Nov 17, 2014
    The Page of the Presence are three pages who are senior staff of the Master of the Household Department. Their role is as personal attendants to royal visitors. Other duties include looking after Buckingham Palace’s Grand...
  • The Royal W: Scarlet Rod

    by - Nov 16, 2014
    The Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod is one of six administrative and ceremonial officers of the Order of the Bath and established in 1725. The Title ‘Scarlet Rod’ is from the characteristic insignia of the...
  • The Royal W: Royal Herb Strewer

    by - Nov 16, 2014
    There are many positions and jobs in the past that need mentioning in this series. Some perhaps one may have not heard of. The Royal Herb Strewer might be one of those that will make one...
  • The Royal Household: The Clerk and The Yeoman of the Royal Cellars

    by - Nov 14, 2014
    The Clerk of the Royal Cellars The Clerk of the Royal Cellars is a part-time member of the Royal Household. They are usually an experienced senior wine merchant. The Clerk advises and supervises the purchasing and...
  • The Royal Household: Master of the Household’s Department

    by - Nov 11, 2014
    The Master of the Household Department was created in 1539. Originally there were four Masters of the Household, but in the 17th Century it was reduced to one. The position was also one that required little...
  • The Royal W: Walkabout

    by - Nov 9, 2014
    A walkabout was not something the Queen nor members of the Royal Family participated in prior to 1970. It was during the March 1970 New Zealand visit honouring the 200th Anniversary of the voyage of Captain...
  • The Royal W: Counsellors of State

    by - Nov 3, 2014
    In the case of the Sovereign not being able to attend a Privy Council meeting because of an absence due to travel abroad or temporary illness, two or more members of the Royal Family will stand...