In the Peerage of England, the illustrious Howards stand next to the Blood Royal. His Grace the Duke of Norfolk is empowered, as the hereditary Earl Marshal of England, to bear ''in the King's presence or absence" a golden staff, the upper part adorned with the arms of the Royal Family, the nether part with those of the Family of Howard. The great Duke of Norfolk is charged as Earl Marshal with the proclamation of a new King's accession, with the supervision of the funeral of a late King, of the Coronation...

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