Black Rod


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Black Rod

n.
The chief usher of the British House of Lords.

[After the rod carried as symbol of the office.]

Black Rod

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures

Black′ Rod′


n.
(in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords.
[1625–35]
Translations
barre noire
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The Queen has presented Sarah Clarke, the first female Black Rod, with her ceremonial staff at Buckingham Palace, ahead of her introduction next week at the Lords.
David Leakey, who left the Black Rod parliamentary post at the end of last year, described the Sports and Social Club as "really well-run" and a civilised place for a drink.
Gwen Bourque was appointed as the new Usher of the Black Rod upon the recommendation of the Premier.
Veteran MP Dennis Skinner saw the funny side of the Queen's diary predicament, and in his traditional heckle ahead of the Queen's speech joked that MPs and Black Rod should hurry up so she could make the first race at Royal Ascot.
The MP dubbed the Beast of Bolsover's annual quip at Black Rod was in reference to the Queen's planned attendance at Royal Ascot on Wednesda afternoon after she had delivered the Queen's Speech.
Black Rod, the official who keeps order in the House of Lords.
The reappointment followed the pageantry of MPs being summoned to hear a Royal Commission in the House of Lords by Black Rod, Lieutenant General David Leakey.
Parliament has been officially closed by Black Rod so no new UK legislation.
On Wednesday she sent Black Rod off to the Commons for a spot of Ruritanian pageantry before dutifully reading David Cameron's spin doctors' words.