Lord Chamberlain


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Lord Chamberlain

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) the chief official of the royal household
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He was sent to a preparatory seminary in his father's dominions until he was ten years old, and was then despatched, in charge of a trusty messenger, to a finishing school at Athens; and as there was no extra charge for remaining during the holidays, and no notice required previous to the removal of a pupil, there he remained for eight long years, at the expiration of which time, the king his father sent the lord chamberlain over, to settle the bill, and to bring him home; which, the lord chamberlain doing, was received with shouts, and pensioned immediately.
He knew not on whom to vent his grief and wrath, until fortunately bethinking himself of the lord chamberlain who had brought him home, he struck off his pension and his head together.
If on such a night we could remain behind in the Gardens, as the famous Maimie Mannering did, we might see delicious sights, hundreds of lovely fairies hastening to the ball, the married ones wearing their wedding-rings round their waists, the gentlemen, all in uniform, holding up the ladies' trains, and linkmen running in front carrying winter cherries, which are the fairy-lanterns, the cloakroom where they put on their silver slippers and get a ticket for their wraps, the flowers streaming up from the Baby Walk to look on, and always welcome because they can lend a pin, the suppertable, with Queen Mab at the head of it, and behind her chair the Lord Chamberlain, who carries a dandelion on which he blows when Her Majesty wants to know the time.
When the Queen sees them doing this she signs to the servants to wash up and put away, and then everybody adjourns to the dance, the Queen walking in front while the Lord Chamberlain walks behind her, carrying two little pots, one of which contains the juice of wall-flower and the other the juice of Solomon's Seals.
The Lord Chamberlain gives them a certificate of virtue.
Brownie held out her arms to the Duke and he flung himself into them, the Queen leapt into the arms of the Lord Chamberlain, and the ladies of the court leapt into the arms of her gentlemen, for it is etiquette to follow her example in everything.
On whom even the fine arts, attending in powder and walking backward like the Lord Chamberlain, must array themselves in the milliners' and tailors' patterns of past generations and be particularly careful not to be in earnest or to receive any impress from the moving age.
The Ambassador was taken by state coach to the Palace where he was received by the Lord Chamberlain.
The heart-shaped piece was given by Lord Chamberlain William Hastings to wife Katherine during the Wars of the Roses.
Murder in Megara provides another John the Lord Chamberlain historical mystery and tells of John's exile from Constantinople to a rustic Greek estate.
It focuses upon the censor's shifting position towards the staged portrayal and discussion of homosexuality, and describes his struggles with theatre makers and managers who were actively seeking to subvert and circumvent his authority, as well as revealing that the Lord Chamberlain was frustrated by the government's uninterest in reforms to the system.
Full cast was: Puss in Boots (Geraldine Kirby), Creepmouse (Rose Merry), The Lord Chamberlain (Anne Wadsworth), Fairy of Hope (Louise Dockray), Peter (Alex Gracey), Princess Rose (Clare Dodsley), Queen Matilda (Ruth Firth), King Hubert (Barbara Casson), Snuddles the Dog (June Pearson), Egbert (Gillian Healey), Cuthbert (Edna Fisher), Silly Billy (Bernice Hutchinson), Dame Dolly Dumpling (Jennifer Brooks), Ogre Rathbone (Frances Priestnall).