In more detail: First the House is called to order, the Lord
Chancellor on the Woolsack. after prayers were said , Black Rod
(an officer of the order of the Garter who is also -the official
door keeper of the House of Lords)- goes to the robing room where
the new peer and his two escorts and the garter King of Arms are
waiting and leads back into the main chamber. .
They enter in single file, the Black Rod leading, followed by
the Garter King and the junior peer, the new peer, and the senior
peers wear their scarlet and ermine parliamentary robes specific
for their rank. They have hats instead of coronets. The Garter
King of Arms wears his tabard of red, blue, and gold consisting
of the arms of England, Scotland, and Wales. He has scarlet satin
bows on his shoulders. In his right hand is the silver gilt scepter.
In his left hand the new peer's patent of creation on vellum parchment
with Great seal attached representing the new peer's patent of
creation the actual patent is in the House and the new peer
has to sign a receipt for it.
They reach the Bar of the House carrying their cocked black hats
in the left hand. the new peer carries his writ of summons in
his right hand. .
The three peers walk up the temporal side of the house-- not
the side where the bishops sit.
They bow to the Cloth of Estate -- or the space above the Throne
and below the canopy-- where the sovereign would sit if present.
They bow to the table where the clerks sit and to the Judges.
Then they approach the Woolsack where the Lord Chancellor awaits
in black breeches, gown, white wig. black tricorne hat and buckled
raises his hat to the new peer who kneels on one knee to present
the letters patent of his creation. The Lord Chancellor accepts
this proof on behalf of the Sovereign and gives it to the Reading
Clerk who reads it aloud to the House.
The Writ of Summons for the new peer is read. That authorizes
him to take his seat here. Everyone attending parliament has been
summoned by a similar writ.
The new peer reads the Oath of Allegiance and signs the Test
Rolls, adding to a list that goes back to 1695.
Then the three peers-- two old and one new rise and sit three
times, doffing their hats to the Cloth of Estate.
The new peer shakes the Hand of the Lord Chancellor. and the
three leave and go to the robing chamber where they take off their
parliamentary robes. They slip quietly into the main chamber and
take their seats without further notice.
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