National Geographic : 1946 Aug
© National Geographic Society Mace-bearer of the Lords Wears Court Dress This mace is the symbol of royal power; therefore, it is covered when the King in person enters the Lords' chamber. Commons' "new" mace has mysteriously lost 22 ounces since the 1660's. ..U U:111VUIIV Uy D. Iam Uny cQ- -. Clerk of the Parliaments IsRobed and Wigged After the King has signed astatute, SirHenry Badeley rises, bows, and an nounces in Norman French: "Le Roi leveult" (the King wills it).This pro cedure harks back to the Conquest.