Ceremonial / Protocol::Marshal
- Usually in monarchies, one or several of the senior dignitaries wear the title of Marshal or a compound such as Court Marshal (not related to court martial, therefore usually called Marshal of the Court to prevent confusion) or more rarely Grand Marshal.
The function of the Marshal of the Court varies according to national tradition, but frequently he is the Chief of Staff of the Monarch's Household (= the palace and other domains). Often, the charge includes also the honorary privilege as chief of the protocoll to announce formally the arrival of VIP guests at audiences, state dinners, conferences in the monarch's premisses etc. This prestigious office was often made hereditary in the high nobility, e.g., the English Earl Marshal, or the Scots Earl Marischal.
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