One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a ceremonial officer in the Sovereign's household, entitled to carry a gilt rod on state occasions.
- ‘The Cap Of Maintenance, Gold Stick In Waiting, Master Of The Horse, Lady Of The Bedchamber - all contribute to a grand ceremony which has been unchanged for centuries.’
- ‘There is also a Silver Stick which was created at the same time as Gold Stick in 1678, Silver Stick was Gold Stick's assistant and also chosen from the officers of the Horse Guards.’
- ‘At the State Opening of Parliament, the Gold Stick in Waiting alternates between The Princess Royal and the Lord Guthrie.’
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