BLACK ROD (n.f.) The usher belonging to the order of the garter, unsurprisingly so-called from the black rod he carries in his hand.
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When I worked for the police, my department covered the armed protection of parliament. He used to be known to us as ‘Black Knob’. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
I wonder if he knew that!
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I doubt it, otherwise he might have filed a complaint. 🙂