Cloudy Weather Report Ramallah, Palestine +4°C, Cloudy
Home | News |

Historic change as Britain names first female ‘Black Rod’




Britain’s state opening of parliament will be managed by a woman for the first time in 650 years, after the appointment on Friday of Sarah Clarke as the first female “Black Rod”.

Tasked with banging on the House of Commons door to summon MPs to the Queen’s Speech, Black Rod plays a key role in the opening of British parliament following an election.

The role falls to a member of the House of Lords — from where the monarch addresses lawmakers — and the new appointment will see Clarke named the first “Lady Usher of the Black Rod”.

The former director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, Clarke will take up the role of managing political players in January after “Gentleman Usher” David Leakey steps down.

Clarke said she was “both deeply honoured and delighted” to be offered the post.

“The House of Lords is a place where the smallest detail is as important as the big picture and the depth of heritage and tradition is second to none,” she said.

As well as managing the state opening of parliament, Black Rod also runs other ceremonial state events.

Clarke’s staff will include the Lords’ doorkeepers and the Yeoman Usher, who is in charge of carrying the mace used to bang on the House of Commons door.

AFP

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Tags

No tags for this article
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of nigerianewsgrio.com. nigerianewsgrio.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.
Loading...




Related Articles

Finance: Tesla plunges after report says US has launched a criminal probe over Elon Musk's statements (TSLA)

Finance Tesla plunges after report says US has launched a criminal probe over Elon Musk's statements (TSLA) The criminal probe comes one month after federal prosecutors also

Sports: NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 3

After two weeks of NFL football, we have a few answers and a ton of questions. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs look like they're for

Politics: Ted Cruz jokingly warns his supporters that 'BBQ will be illegal' if rival Beto O'Rourke wins Senate election

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Democrats would "ban barbecue across the state of Texas" if Beto O'Rourke won the state's election for US Senate in

Most Watched Videos

View all posts

The Marriage Test Bucket - (Video)

Watch this hilarious spoof:  The Marriage Scanning Bucket.  Please leave a review below.

What Type of Man Are You? (Must Watch Video)

This video describes in vivid terms, the types of men that exist.  Watch and review below.

Nigeria vs Zambia 1-0 - (Video)

Watch the football match between Nigeria vs Zambia 1-0, shows  Extended Highlights from the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers on 7 October 2017

Amazing! This Pastor Claims to Heal by Kissing His Flocks - Video

Wonders shall never end.  This is a new one.... Ghanaian pastor based in South Africa claims to heal folks through kisses.  Yes, full blown tongue in




Most Read News

View all posts

Tech: Health officials in India warn that Facebook’s blood donation tool risks fueling a black market for blood (FB)

Facebook's blood donation feature in India risks being abused by black market blood peddlers. Local blood donation experts told Business Insider the product can

NYSC certificate scandal: Nigerian students body demands arrest of Kemi Adeosun

- The leadership of the National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) has called for the arrest of Mrs Kemi Adeosun- The students body tasked the

Address inhumanity to fellow humans

I am excited to read the reaction of Olakunle Sogbein to the Oro, human sacrifice and the conspiracy of silence earlier written by Azuka Onwuka

HKCF reawakes consciousness on environmental, health challenges in Nigeria

… to hold conference in Abuja Following the effects of global warming, environmental degradation and other health challenges inimical to the society, an NGO, Help Keep

PDP jittery over 2019 Presidential elections – Oshiomhole

.As Rice Farmers donate N56.8million to Buhari’s campaign.’How PDP allegedly sold poisonous rice to Nigerians’ By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA – National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress

Finance: These 14 states could see 'extremely significant damage' from Trump's trade wars

President Donald Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports Monday, prompting Beijing to impose retaliatory taxes on $60 billion worth of American

Most Watched Movies

cron