Explanation

  • The Royal W: Gentleman Usher of the Purple Rod

    by - Nov 2, 2014
    We began with Black Rod, then briefly took a look at Blue Rod, but did you know there is also Purple Rod? Established in 1917 and becoming effective in 1918, Purple Rod is the Usher to...
  • The Royal Household: The Lord Chamberlain

    by - Nov 2, 2014
    The Lord Chamberlain is the Head of Her Majesty’s working Household. He is responsible for recommending to The Queen, candidates for the senior appointments in the Household. He also coordinates the activities of the different Household...
  • Royal Heritage: Barnwell Manor and Castle

    by - Oct 28, 2014
    Located outside of Barnwell, near Oundle in Northhamptonshire stands Barnwell Manor. The Manor is located on the grounds of the ruined Castle of Barnwell and was the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester....
  • The Royal Household

    by - Oct 28, 2014
    In the past few weeks, Royal Central took a look at the Official Royal Posts that are part of the Royal Household. On our next historical journey, we look at the five departments that comprise the...
  • The Royal W: The Letters Patent

    by - Oct 27, 2014
    Like the Royal Warrant, The Letters Patent make up one of the forms for which the Royal will is conveyed. The Letters Patent are public documents from Her Majesty, to which the Great Seal of the...
  • The Royal W: Sandringham Time

    by - Oct 27, 2014
    One may have heard of this small bit of Royal history before, although a short explanation, it is worth a mention in this series. King Edward VII came up with the decision of what was known...
  • Official Royal Posts: The Queen’s Piper

    by - Oct 26, 2014
    The Queen’s Piper principal duty is to play every weekday at 9 am for approximately 15 minutes under Her Majesty’s window when she is in residence at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle or the Palace...
  • Official Royal Posts: Astronomer Royal

    by - Oct 25, 2014
    The first Astronomer Royal was John Flamsteed. The self-taught and highly accomplished Flamsteed earned £100 a year after Charles II issued a warrant to the Office of the Ordnance in March of 1675. In June 1675,...
  • “No requirement” for the wife of a king to be Queen

    by - Oct 24, 2014
    Frequent followers of Royal Central will be aware of our long-running debate on the Duchess of Cornwall’s titles and, especially, what she will be known as when Prince Charles accedes to the throne as King. In August,...
  • Official Royal Posts: Lord Great Chamberlain

    by - Oct 16, 2014
    Considered one of the Great Officers of State, the Lord Great Chamberlain is accountable for the conduct of royal affairs in the Palace of Westminster. On ceremonial occasions, the Lord Great Chamberlain wears a gold key...