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Think a republic would be cheaper than Monarchy? Think again!

<![CDATA[It has long been the contention of those who would abolish the Monarchy that one of the virtues of a republican system is that it is, in some way, axiomatically cheaper than a Monarchy. On the face of it, it's understandable to see why some may buy into this claim. After all, you don't see presidents processing in state carriages or attending many great parades in their…
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The Royal W: Scarlet Rod

<![CDATA[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 office which is a long silver gilt rod. The shaft…
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The Royal Household: The Clerk and The Yeoman of the Royal Cellars

<![CDATA[ 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 maintenance of the liquor for the Household, focusing on spirits and wines. The Clerk will give advice on wine pairings for State banquets and other events. The Clerk of the…
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The Royal W: Counsellors of State

<![CDATA[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 in as Counsellors of State. Their role is to carry out the functions…
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The Royal Household: The Lord Chamberlain

<![CDATA[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 offices. The Lord Chamberlain is the conduit of communication between The Queen and The House of Lords. He is also Chancellor of the Royal…
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Official Royal Posts: Lord Great Chamberlain

<![CDATA[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 of his office which hangs from his waist, a scarlet court uniform and carries a white stave as the insignia of his office. The Lord Great Chamberlain has authority…
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