Page of Honour

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Pages of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II in the procession to St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle during the annual service of the Order of the Garter, 2006.

While a page is a comparatively low-ranking servant, a Page of Honour is a ceremonial position in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. It requires attendance on state occasions, but does not now involve the daily duties which were once attached to the office of page. The only physical activity involved is usually carrying the long train of the Queen's dress.

It is usually a distinction granted to teenage sons of members of the nobility and gentry, and especially of senior members of the Royal Household. Pages of Honour feature in British Coronations, the State Opening of Parliament, and other ceremonies.

Livery[edit]

Pages of Honour in England wear a scarlet frock coat with gold trimmings, a white satin waistcoat, white breeches and hose, white gloves, black buckled shoes and a lace cravat and ruffles. A sword is also worn with the outfit and a feathered three-cornered hat is provided.[1] In Scotland the outfit is identical, but in green rather than scarlet (as seen periodically at the Thistle Service in Edinburgh).[2]

At Coronations, the peers who carry regalia in the procession (and others with particular roles in the service) are expected to have their own pages in attendance. These pages are directed to wear 'the same pattern of clothes as the Pages of Honour wear, but of the Livery colour of the Lords they attend... [except that] ...the Royal liveries being scarlet and gold, the use of this combination of colours is restricted to the Pages of Honour, and in the case of a Peer whose colours are scarlet and gold, for scarlet some variant, such as murrey or claret, should be used'.[3]

Pages of Honour[edit]

Pages of Honour carryng the train of Queen Alexandra during her anointing at the Coronation of Edward VII depicted in a painting

Charles II[edit]

James II[edit]

William III[edit]

Anne[edit]

George I[edit]

George II[edit]

George III[edit]

George IV[edit]

William IV[edit]

Victoria[edit]

Edward VII[edit]

George V[edit]

Edward VIII[edit]

George VI[edit]

Elizabeth II[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archive.org/stream/dressinsigniawor00greauoft#page/8/mode/2up Dress worn at court, Lord Chamberlain's Office.
  2. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/shug17uk/4797328604/in/photostream/ Photo of Page of Honour attending to the Queen in Edinburgh.
  3. ^ Earl Marshal's Regulations (1937) quoted in Mansfield, A., Ceremonial Costume, London: A & C Black, 1980.
  4. ^ Jenkinson, The Honourable Charles Cecil Cope
  5. ^ Lt.-Gen. Charles George James Arbuthnot
  6. ^ Lt Colonel Charles Augustus West
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19275. p. 1048. 2 June 1835.
  8. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 24506. p. 5367. 25 September 1877.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27310. p. 3033. 3 May 1901.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 38255. p. 2215. 6 April 1948.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 38804. p. 59. 3 January 1950.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39430. p. 69. 1 January 1952.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 38097. p. 4807. 14 October 1947.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39161. p. 1104. 2 March 1951.
  15. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 37524. p. 1743. 5 April 1946.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: no. 38729. p. 4750. 4 October 1949.
  17. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39033. p. 4919. 3 October 1950.
  18. ^ The Queen turns a page for Viscount Linley’s son
  19. ^ a b c Appendix to Court Circular, 27 February 2015
  20. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 54036. p. 6949. 16 May 1995.
  21. ^ a b Appendix to Court Circular, 14 December 2012