The Queen's Champion

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Did you know that the Queen still has a champion?

The office of King's Champion or Queen's Champion (as the case may be), was first started in the reign of William the Conqueror.

Sir John Dymoke was the first to exercise the office at the Coronation of Richard II, and the Dymoke family of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire have continued to hold the office up to the present day.

Originally it was the champion's duty to ride, on a white charger, fully clad in armour, into Westminster Hall during the Coronation Ceremony.

There he threw down his gauntlet and challenged any person who dared to deny the sovereign's right to the throne.

At the Coronation of the present Queen, a member of the Dymoke family was present, but he did not throw down a gauntlet or challenge anyone …instead he had the honour of carrying the Royal Standard in the Coronation procession.

The role may have lost some of its original 'pazzaz' but he is still the 'Queen's Champion'.

 

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