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.]
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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
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Black′ Rod′


n.
(in England) an official of the Order of the Garter and chief ceremonial usher of the House of Lords.
[1625–35]
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Translations
barre noire
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She is the first female Black Rod in the 650-year history of the role, and will be known as the Lady Usher of the Black Rod. Lords Speaker Lord Fowler, welcoming the appointment, said: "In this centenary year of the first enfranchisement of women, I'm so pleased that this most historic of roles has finally been taken up by a woman.
The monarch invested Sarah Clarke as Lady Usher of the Black Rod in the private audience room at Buckingham Palace, by presenting her with the thin, ebony Black Rod and chain of office.
Gwen Bourque was appointed as the new Usher of the Black Rod upon the recommendation of the Premier.
While The Queen sat on the throne in the House of Lords, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod summoned the House of Commons.
He retired from the RAF in 1984 and, the following year, was appointed Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Secretary to the Lord Great Chamberlain, staying in these positions for the next seven years.