New Black Rod takes up his staff

April 30, 2009 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Lieutenant-General Sir Freddie Viggers KCB today took office as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

He succeeded Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Willcocks.

“The post of Black Rod involves administrative and ceremonial responsibilities and combines appointment, in respect of parliamentary duties, by the House of Lords and, in respect of its royal duties, by the Crown. Black Rod is employed by the House of Lords,” according to the parliament website.

He is best-known for his role in the State Opening of Parliament.

He is sent to summon the House of Commons to the Lords chamber and the door of the lower chamber is slammed in his face as a sign of the primacy of the Commons. He then uses his staff to bang on the door three times.

Here is an interview with Sir Michael from 2007:

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Commons, Lords, Procedure. Tags: , .

Health Secretary updates MPs on spread and prevention of swine flu Labour MP argues for fair banking charges

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Follow us on Twitter!

April 2009
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

%d bloggers like this: