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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Yeomen of the Guard to search the Palace of Westminster for gunpowder ahead of The Queen's visit on Tuesday

The Queen will visit the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday for the State Opening of Parliament – her first in-person engagement since the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The event will be scaled down on previous years due to the ongoing global health emergency, however, many traditions will remain in place. One such ritual that will take place on the evening before Her…
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State & Ceremonial

The Queen's New Year Honours List 2021 revealed as Lewis Hamilton, Craig David and Sheila Hancock receive awards

Lewis Hamilton, Sheila Hancock and Craig David are among those receiving recognition in The Queen’s New Years Honours List of 2021. The 2021 New Year Honours are the most ethnically diverse honours list yet, with 14.2% of recipients coming from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. As well as celebrities and public figures, ordinary people making extraordinary…
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History of Royal Titles: Why are male heirs to the British throne called the Prince of Wales?

Aside from the historically important position of king or queen, the title of ‘The Prince of Wales’ has existed for the longest time. It originated in approximately 1223 when Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was given the title by the English King Henry III. Royal Central is taking a look at one of the most important royal titles and why it is given to the eldest son of the monarch. The prophecy linked…
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