Gentleman Usher of the Purple Rod

The Gentleman Usher of the Purple Rod, or Lady Usher of the Purple Rod when appropriate, is the Usher to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, established in 1917 and effective since 1918.

The Gentleman Usher is appointed by the Sovereign[1] and holds the office during good behaviour.[2] No specific functions are assigned to the Gentleman Usher but the Statutes[3] require that the Usher shall "execute diligently whatever the Sovereign or Grand Master may be pleased to command touching the interests of the said Order".

The Statutes of the Order[4] provide that the Gentleman Usher "shall wear around his neck pendent to a purple riband an escocheon of gold enamelled on a field purpure a representation of Britannia surrounded by the circle and motto of the Order and surmounted by an Imperial Crown, and that he shall carry the Purple Rod of the Order, having at the top an escrol thereon the motto of the Order surmounted by a representation of Britannia."

Officeholders from 1918

See also


  1. "No. 30250". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 August 1917. p. 8791. "the 1917 Statutes", article 27.
  2. Article 29 of the 1917 Statutes.
  3. Article 29 of the 1917 Statutes.
  4. Article 28 of the 1917 Statutes, article 30 of the 1918 Statutes.
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