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Thursday, October 15, 1998 Published at 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK

UK Politics: A-Z of Parliament: R-S

State Opening of Parliament - Royal Procession

The royal procession for the Queen's speech takes a familiar form each year.

However, plans are in the pipeline for a slimmed down version in which several ancient office holders, including the three heads of the services, Crown Equerry, Silver Stick in Waiting, and at least one Lady in Waiting may be dropped.

The Royal Procession of 6 May 1992 was as following:

  Rouge Dragon Puirsuivant  
Rough Croix Pursuivant   Portcullis Puirsuivant
Maltravers Herald Extraordinary   Beaumont Herald Extraordinary
Richmond Herald   Somerset Herald
Lancaster Herald   Windsor Herald
Chester Herald   York Herald
Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty   Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty
  Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh  
Equerry in Waiting to Her Majesty The Crown Equerry Equerry in Waiting to Her Majesty
Comptroller of Her Majesty's Household   Treasurer of Her Majesty's Household
Keeper of Her Majesty's Privy Purse   Private Secretary to Her Majesty
  Norroy and Ulster King of Arms  
Lord President of the Council   Lord High Chancellor
Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod   Garter King of Arms
Lord Great Chamberlain   Earl Marshal
Sword of State   Cap of Maintenance
The Duke of Edinburgh
Four Pages of Honour
Woman of the Bedchamber Mistress of the Robes Lady of the Bedchamber
Gold Stick in Waiting Lord Steward Master of the Horse
Lord in Waiting to Her Majesty   Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard   Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentleman at Arms
Air Aide-de-Camp to her Majesty First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty Aide-de-Camp General to Her Majesty
Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State   The Comptroller Lord Chamberlain's Office
Field Officer in Brigade Waiting   Silver Stick in Waiting
Lieutenant of the Yeoman of the Guard   Lieutenant of the Honourable Corps of Gentleman at Arms

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