State & Ceremonial

A sense of normality - Changing of the Guard takes place for the first time in 17 months

On Thursday, for the first time since March 2020, the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards performed the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. The ceremony marks the moment when soldiers who are currently on duty, the Old Guard, exchange places with the New Guard. Embed from Getty Images The Household Division of the Army carries out the Changing of the Guard along with other ceremonial and…
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State & Ceremonial

Dedicated horse who had leading role at the weddings of Prince William and Prince Harry retires after 18 years of service

A Household Cavalry horse that played a leading role at the weddings of both Prince William and Prince Harry has retired after 18 dedicated years of service. 22-year-old Empress, a Cavalry Black charger, will retire to The Horse Trust – a sanctuary for retired horses. In a feature published by Your Horse, Captain Skip Nicholls, the riding master at the Household Cavalry Mounted…
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State & Ceremonial

BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2021: Dame Arlene Phillips, Dame Prue Leith and Roy Hodgson CBE amongst those honoured by The Queen

Arlene Phillips, Prue Leith and Roy Hodgson are amongst the famous names who are being recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. In a year that has seen a pandemic test the strength and resolve of the country, it is unsurprising that almost 23% of recipients are recognised for their services in relation to Covid-19. Restaurateur, chef and television presenter, Prue Leith, leads…
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State & Ceremonial

Who is Black Rod - The Queen's representative in Parliament?

The Lady Usher of the Black Rod is a Royal Household member. She is appointed by the Crown by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Order of the Garter. Black Rod, as she is known, is the Chief Lady Usher to the Sovereign and an officer of the Order of the Garter. The primary duties take place at the Palace of Westminster where she is Serjeant at Arms in attendance upon the Lord…
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