Groom in Waiting

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The office of Groom in Waiting (sometimes hyphenated as Groom-in-Waiting) was a post in the Royal Household of the United Kingdom, which in earlier times was usually held by more than one person at a time – in the late Middle Ages there might be dozens of persons with the rank. Grooms-in-Waiting to other members of the Royal Family and Extra Grooms in Waiting were also sometimes appointed. For the general history of court valets or grooms see Valet de chambre.

One of the holders of the office was designated the Parliamentary Groom in Waiting from about 1859, when it became customary to appoint a Member of Parliament who was a supporter of the government of the day. The office became vacant in 1891, when Lord Burghley was promoted to the similar political office of Vice-Chamberlain of the Household. The political office was abolished in 1892, although this did not affect the non political Grooms in Waiting.

List of Parliamentary Grooms in Waiting[edit]


List of Grooms in Waiting (non-political)[edit]

Non-political holders of the office, included the following people.

1952-????: Sir Arthur Horace Penn, K.C.V.O., M.C.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20580. p. 822. 3 March 1846. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22328. p. 4191. 22 November 1859. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23259. p. 3161. 4 June 1867. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  4. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 12317. p. 1. 3 January 1911. Retrieved 28 Feb 2014.
  5. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 12317. p. 1. 3 January 1911. Retrieved 28 Feb 2014.
  6. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 12317. p. 1. 3 January 1911. Retrieved 28 Feb 2014.
  7. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 12317. p. 1. 3 January 1911. Retrieved 28 Feb 2014.
  8. ^ London Gazette, 15 June 1937, page 3854.
  9. ^ London Gazette, 3 August 1937, page 4950.
  10. ^ London Gazette, 3 August 1937, page 4950.
  11. ^ Headlam, Sir Cuthbert Morley (1999). "Northern Area Chairman". In Bell, Stuart. Camden Fifth Series 14: 98. doi:10.1017/S0960116300002232. 
  12. ^ London Gazette, 1 August 1952, page 4198.
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